The second day of the 2018 NFL Draft provided some twists and turns, with the New England Patriots trading down twice, first with the Detroit Lions and then with the Chicago Bears, before trading up to draft Florida cornerback Duke Dawson. Entering the final day of the draft the Patriots have five selections:
4th Round: 105
5th Round: 143
6th Round 198
6th Round 210
7th Round 219
They also obtained Chicago’s 2019 second-rounder.
With that in mind, here are some directions the Patriots could go tonight and some players to watch.
The Patriots did add to their defense on Friday night, but they could still address some other areas. Here are some positions and players that could be in the mix for the Patriots today.
A host of defensive tackles came off the board Friday night, but options are still available for New England today. While the Patriots added Danny Shelton in the offseason in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, neither he nor Malcom Brown are under contract for the 2019 season, so there is a longer-term need at the position.
Maurice Hurst continues to fall, likely due to his heart condition. Reports came out earlier this week that Hurst was dropped from some teams’ boards, and recently there is speculation that Hurst might not be drafted at all:
'I don't believe he'll be drafted. I could be wrong about this….' – Broaddus on Maurice Hurst. Says if his heart condition is 'corrected' then his football career is over.
— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) April 27, 2018
That certainly is worrisome. But the Patriots were confident in Michel’s knee condition to draft him in the first round, so if they have a similar level of confidence in Hurst, they could pull the trigger. Other options include Tim Settle from Virginia Tech who is still on the board, or Poona Ford from Texas.
More EDGE prospects came off the board on Friday night, including two players who have been linked to the Patriots throughout draft season: Sam Hubbard and Lorenzo Carter.
But there are other names to consider who remain available. Josh Sweat from Florida State has tumbled as well, with speculation growing that his injury concerns might even limit him to one contract. But he is an explosive EDGE defender and if you can maximize his potential quickly he would be a great pick on Day 3. Other potential fits for New England include Duke Ejiofor from Wake Forest, Kylie Fitts from Utah, Dorance Armstrong Jr. from Kansas and Trevon Young from Louisville.
This might be the position of biggest “need” for the Patriots heading into this draft, and the need remains after Friday night. I can almost guarantee that the organization drafts a player at the linebacker spot during the remaining rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Shaquem Griffin from UCF, Josey Jewell from Iowa, Skai Moore from South Carolina, Tegray Scales from Indiana and Jason Cabinda from Penn State are all viable Day 3 options. Moore does have the injury history with a prior cervical fusion, but all five of these players are talented and get the “Schofield Stamp of Approval.” I would be happy with New England adding any of these linebackers to their roster.
The quarterback watch continues, but there are other positions in play for the Patriots today.
The wide receiver room in New England is a crowded room still, even with the departures of Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. The return of Julian Edelman coupled with the additions of Cordarrelle Patterson and Jordan Matthews give the Patriots some options at the various WR spots. It’s unlikely that they address this position tonight, and if you’ve been listening to Locked On Patriots, you know when and how I expect the team to add a receiver in this draft…
We only saw one tight end drafted in the first round with the Baltimore Ravens selecting Hayden Hurst with the 25th pick. But some additional names came off the board Friday night, with the Miami Dolphins drafting Mike Gesicki, the Philadelphia Eagles drafting Dallas Goedert, the Ravens double-dipping and adding Mark Andrews, and the Houston Texans drafting Jordan Akins from UCF. Options remain at this position, and players I would watch for include Jaylen Samuels from N.C. State, Ian Thomas from Indiana, Dalton Schultz from Stanford, Durham Smythe from Notre Dame, and Will Dissly from Washington.
The elephant in the room. But with Mason Rudolph standing as the only quarterback taken on Friday night, a bevy of options remain. Kyle Lauletta seems to be the guy to consider for New England, and they might address him with that pick at 105, which is early in the fourth round. Other options that have been linked to the Patriots during draft season, by me and others, include Luke Falk and Logan Woodside. Those are players I could see the Patriots drafting. Now, they could decide to go the really late round/UDFA route, bringing players like Alex McGough from Florida International and Chad Kanoff from Princeton into the mix.
Yesterday I predicted that the Patriots would address defense and trade down. I thought they would grab Lorenzo Carter, however, so I got the position wrong. If I were to hazard a guess for today’s players it would look like this:
Braxton Berrios (219)
Dolphins, Timeline Takes and the 2003 Patriots Draft
In the latest Locked On Patriots, Mark Schofield addressed the following topics:
- Miami Dolphins storylines;
- Timeline Takes: Brady playing until he’s 45 and Madden ratings;
- The 2003 Patriots draft, revisited.
You can listen to the episode here.
Bills Storylines, Brady Chats with Oprah and Concluding Football in Film
On the latest Locked On Patriots podcast, Mark Schofield dove into the following areas:
- Storylines facing the Buffalo Bills
- Tom Brady’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
- How listeners can close out Football in Film
You can listen to the episode here.
Football In Film
Over the past month or so, Mark Schofield has been taking listeners to the Locked On Patriots podcast through a number of football movies. Finally, his job is done and it is up to you to rank them.
First, in case you missed any of the episodes, here they are:
May 7, 2018: Varsity Blues
May 8, 2018: The Program
May 9, 2018: The Best of Times
May 10, 2018: Any Given Sunday
May 14, 2018: The Replacements
May 15, 2018: Jerry Maguire
May 16, 2018: Rudy
May 17, 2018: Remember the Titans
May 21, 2018: Undefeated
May 22, 2018: The Waterboy
May 23, 2018: Friday Night Lights
May 24, 2018: Knute Rockne: All American
May 28, 2018: Invincible
May 29, 2018: The Longest Yard (1971)
May 31, 2018: All the Right Moves
June 4, 2018: Everybody’s All-American
June 5, 2018: Wildcats
June 6, 2018: Brian’s Song
June 11, 2018: North Dallas Forty
June 12, 2018: The Blind Side
June 13, 2018: We Are Marshall
June 14, 2018: M*A*S*H
Now, it is in your hands. A survey has been created that you can fill out here. Rank these movies. If you have a movie to include, use the “Other” selection and let me know about it on Twitter: @MarkSchofield