A team that dominated the NFL for nearly two decades appears to be on the ropes. Can the New England Patriots recapture that Super Bowl feeling?
From dynasty to dilemma? These days there are plenty of questions surrounding the New England Patriots these days. A franchise that went to the playoffs 17 times in 19 seasons and didn’t post a losing record over that span owns a combined 25-25 regular-season mark the past three years and finished below .500 twice. That includes an 8-9 mark this past season.
Head coach Bill Belichick, who has led the team to nine Super Bowl appearances and won six NFL titles, has been under a bit of fire the last year or so. From his relationship with quarterback Mac Jones to last year’s decision to make defensive mind Matt Patricia his “offensive coordinator.” The latter has been addressed as Bill O’Brien has returned to the organization.
Can the Patriots once again become a force in a division that the team owned for nearly two decades?
Patriots draft picks 2023
It would not be a surprise to see Belichick and the Pats move up the draft board. The team has 10 selections this year, including three in the fourth round and four in the sixth.
- Round 1: 14th overall
- Round 2: 46th overall
- Round 3: 76th overall
- Round 4: 107th overall
- Round 4: 117th overall
- Round 4: 135th overall
- Round 5: None
- Round 6: 184th overall
- Round 6: 187th overall
- Round 6: 192nd overall
- Round 6: 210th overall
- Round 7: None
New England has a pair of compensatory selections in both the fourth and sixth rounds. Elsewhere, the Patriots have Carolina’s third-round pick from a 2022 draft day trade. That offsets the third-rounder they sent to the Dolphins for wide receiver DeVante Parker.
Along with the aforementioned compensatory pick, the team has another fourth-rounder after sending running back Sony Michel to the Rams in 2021. That year, the Patriots also dealt cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Panthers for a sixth-round pick this year. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham, traded to the Raiders in 2022, netted New England a sixth-round selection in ’23.
Patriots draft needs 2023
The offensively-challenged Patriots still have needs behind center and on the offensive line, at least according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Belichick and the team addressed one side of the ball primarily in free agency. The Patriots signed tackles Calvin Anderson (Broncos) and Riley Reiff (Bears). The team bolstered the skill positions with the additions of running back James Robinson (Jets), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (Chiefs) and tight end Mike Gesicki (Dolphins).
New England lost wideout Jakobi Meyers in free agency to the Raiders. He led the Pats in receiving yards and TD grabs in 2022.