New England does not have a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. This is because the Patriots traded it to the Philadelphia Eagles for defensive end Michael Bennett, getting a seventh-round pick coming their way as well.
New England has tentatively four sixth-round picks this year, including the Denver Broncos’ and the Houston Texans. With the No. 195 overall pick, New England should select Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback A.J. Green. He had 147 tackles (118 solo, 29 assists), 21 pass breakups and six interceptions for 92 yards and a touchdown during his four years in Stillwater.
Chauncey Rivers had been in school for a long time, as he was originally on Mark Richt‘s 2015 Georgia Bulldogs team. He spent the last few years playing for Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State and should be the Patriots’ pick at No. 204 in the sixth round. He had 67 total tackles (32 solo, 35 assists), 15.5 for a loss of yardage and eight sacks during his time playing in Starkville.
We shouldn’t expect the Patriots to only use one of their 12 draft picks to help bolster the offensive line. After taking Solomon Kindley out of Georgia in the fourth-round, look for the Patriots to draft someone like South Carolina State Bulldogs offensive tackle Alex Taylor at around pick No. 212 in the sixth round.
At this point in the NFL Draft, it’s all about taking as many bites at the apple as you can, hoping you can get lucky with a few late-round gems. One position group the Patriots tend to hit on in drafts is along the defensive line. Perhaps they can strike gold by taking Robert Windsor out of Penn State with pick No. 213 this year?
You know what? The Patriots aren’t done drafting wide receivers this year. They’ve hit on a seventh-round wide receiver before in Julian Edelman. Who says they can’t do it again? One guy who could be available for them at No. 230 in the seventh round is Aaron Fuller out of Washington.
By this time in the NFL Draft, it’s about getting guys who can compete for ancillary roles on the 53-man roster or to stash on the practice squad. Josh Metellus played in a bunch of big games as the Michigan Wolverines’ safety. Since Belichick can develop defensive backs better than most coaches, maybe this is a solid pick here late in the draft at No. 235 overall?
With the Patriots’ last pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they could look at a school that has produced a bunch of strong offensive weapons of late. If running back Patrick Taylor Jr. is still on the board out of the University of Memphis, maybe he can be a late-round gem to help this Patriots’ offense contend for Super Bowls in the twilight of Brady’s Pro Football Hall of Fame career?
New England looks to be in great shape to address all of its draft needs this spring. While most of their picks will be coming in the latter part of the draft, they could be able to put together a trade package to move up and get back into rounds where they don’t have a pick, such as the second or fifth round. The Patriots should be able to solve a few issues by having this many draft picks.