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2022 Patriots Mock Draft – Version 1.0

The New England Patriots have another vital draft coming up. Let’s take a look at how they might fill some of their defensive holes.

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2022 Patriots Mock Draft – Version 1.0

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The 2021 NFL Draft was a vital event in a post-Tom Brady world for the New England Patriots. The team selected their quarterback of the future in Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick. After Jones’ rookie performance it looks like New England is set at the most important position in sports for the foreseeable future.

The Patriots undoubtedly will look to capitalize on the advantage of having a high performing quarterback on his rookie salary for the next three seasons. This should allow them to splurge in free agency or trade acquisitions as they look to fill the roster around Mac.

To fully reach this team’s potential though, they have to keep hitting on draft picks. It’s well-known the Patriots’ draft results from 2017-2020 were underwhelming. They hit big time in 2021 on Jones, but also defensive lineman Christian Barmore and running back Rhamondre Stevenson look to be key players for seasons to come.

The 2022 Draft needs to be just as successful, or better, for Bill Belichick and the Patriots to return to the first class of the NFL.

Luckily for Belichick and the Patriots, they have had some success drafting at #21 as they selected Daniel Graham (2002), Vince Wilfork (2004), and Chandler Jones (2012) at that spot. True to the uneven nature of the draft though, it must be mentioned they took Laurence Maroney at #21 in 2010.

With this draft being so essential to the team’s long-term plans we will be doing a series of Mock Drafts leading up to when the picks count for real on April 28th.

These mock drafts will be done using Pro Football Mock Draft Simulator, and players will be selected where they are available regardless of where they might be going in other sites’ mocks. Also, all scouting reports links are from Pro Football Network.

First Round, Pick #21 = Devin Lloyd / LB / Utah

Lloyd is a little bit lighter than the prototypical Patriots LB at ~235 pounds, but that shouldn’t be considered a drawback. New England has waited on the sidelines to change their preference at linebacker while the NFL has shifted to lighter, speedier players at the position.

It’s time for the Patriots to accept this trend as more than a fad. Lloyd’s selection would mean an easy transition as he’s arguably the best LB in the draft and a player who would play on three downs. Comparisons to Colts LB Darius Leonard make this an even more appealing pick.

Devin Lloyd Scouting Report

Second Round, Pick #53 = Kyler Gordon / CB / Washington

Even if the Patriots retain JC Jackson, cornerback is still a major need for this team. Gordon has impressive athleticism and would allow the Patriots to play more Man coverage after having to settle on Zone due to their 2021 personnel.

It’s unlikely that Gordon will fall to #53, but he’s a player the Patriots should consider trading up for in the second round. This would be an appealing plan especially after they had so much success doing this last year for Barmore.

Kyler Gordon Scouting Report

Third Round, Pick #85 = Skyy Moore / WR / Western Michigan

Moore excels with off-the-line speed and has experience playing quarterback and defensive back. It might be an oversimplified comparison but that certainly sounds a lot like a former Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. While Jakobi Meyers has been an admirable slot receiver, Moore would offer a potential offensive weapon similar to what Troy Brown, Wes Welker, and Edelman contributed in this system.

Skyy Moore Scouting Report

Fourth Round, Pick #123 = Josh Paschal / EDGE / Kentucky

Paschal looks like a slightly shorter version of former fourth round Patriots pick Deatrich Wise. Over the years Wise has frustrated some New England fans with his inconsistent play, but it’s difficult to expect more production from a fourth rounder.

Paschal has a higher potential ceiling than Wise ever did, especially as a pass rusher. New England also should not avoid drafting another edge player as they have yet to see results from recent 2nd/3rd round picks Chase Winovich, Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings, or Ronnie Perkins.

Josh Paschal Scouting Report

Sixth Round, Pick #198 = Otito Ogbonnia / DL / UCLA

Bill Belichick’s defense thrives off of having a big-bodied nose tackle in the middle. Ogbonnia definitely has the size at 6’4’’ 320 pounds. New England can’t expect a day one starter in the sixth round, but Ogbonnia could be a project that pays big dividends for the Patriots (pardon the pun).

Otito Ogbonnia Scouting Report

Sixth Round, Pick #209 = Tyler Badie / RB / Missouri

The Patriots have typically reached higher for their receiving backs (Shane Vereen 2011 2nd rounder, James White 2014 4th rounder) but this draft might afford them the opportunity to pounce late. Badie ran for over 1,600 yards this past season and scored 14 touchdowns in the SEC. The big piece of his 2021 campaign that would be useful for the Patriots is he also caught over 50 passes.

Badie is undersized at 5’8’’, but he’s still nearly 200 pounds. Plus, the Patriots’ two-headed backfield of Damien Harris & Stevenson needs help catching the ball, not bulldozing it in from the goal line.

Tyler Badie Scouting Report

Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

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