These Are The Prospects Who Best Fit The Patriots In 2017 NFL Draft

It’s almost time to find out if the New England Patriots will continue to draft based on their typical measurable and testing standards.

As part of our analysis leading up to this week’s 2017 NFL Draft, we earmarked players at each position who best fit the Patriots with each of the team’s selections.

We didn’t look at quarterbacks, because the Patriots already have three on their roster and it doesn’t appear Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded. To finish off the project, however, Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes, Cal’s Davis Webb, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Minnesota’s Mitch Leidner all are perfect fits based on their measurables. North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubinsky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs also meet their standards.

Click on the positions below to see the complete list of fits at each selection.

RUNNING BACK
The Patriots already are quite loaded at running back. Wisconsin’s Dare Ogunbowale is an interesting undrafted option, however.

WIDE RECEIVER
The Patriots also are stacked at wide receiver. Ole Miss’ Quincy Adeboyejo is an intriguing late-round prospect.

TIGHT END
Iowa’s George Kittle is our favorite tight end prospect. He’ll likely come off the board in the third round.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Bucknell’s Julie’n Davenport likely will come off the board in the third or fourth round. He’d be a worthwhile project for the Patriots, who lack certainty at the position beyond 2017.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Ole Miss’ D.J. Jones best fits the Patriots’ prototype. Defensive tackle isn’t a big need for the Patriots, and Jones could still be around late in the draft.

PASS RUSH
The Patriots’ biggest need in the draft is at defensive end. Florida Atlantic’s Trey Hendrickson seems like a perfect fit in the third or fourth round.

LINEBACKER
The Patriots also could use an upgrade at linebacker. BYU’s Harvey Langi is the best bet to land with the Patriots.

CORNERBACK
If Malcolm Butler sticks around, then cornerback isn’t as big of a need. If he’s traded for a high pick, the Patriots could replace him with USC’s Adoree’ Jackson. There’s a lot of smoke connecting the Patriots to Jackson, and a source told NESN.com that New England has shown interest in the talented, multi-faceted cornerback.

SAFETY
Michigan’s Delano Hill is a third-round prospect with experience in the slot. He could wind up being a better pro than highly touted college teammate Jabrill Peppers.

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