Leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, we found fits at every position and in every round for the New England Patriots. Finally, we’ll find their best overall fit at each position
With the 2020 NFL Draft just days away, it’s time to release the New England Patriots draft fits spreadsheets.
Based on Bill Belichick’s historical drafting tendencies, we’ve found the most prototypical Patriots at each position based on testing numbers, measurables and play style.
Here, we’ll determine the best overall Patriots fit at each position, accounting for the level of need.
Click the position names below to view each one of our Patriots draft previews.
The Patriots almost certainly will add a rookie quarterback this week, either in the draft or through undrafted free agency. They’ll most likely take a quarterback in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
In an ideal world, Oregon’s Justin Herbert would fall to No. 23 overall or within range of a trade up. That’s probably not happening.
The Patriots still are loaded at this position, with all of last season’s players returning for at least another year. They should only be looking for depth or a developmental pass-catcher.
We like Memphis’ Antonio Gibson in the third round, however, because he also could be used at wide receiver. That’s kind of cheating, since he might not wind up playing running back in the NFL.
Baylor’s JaMycal Hasty is a nice late-round option.
This draft class is loaded at wide receiver. Because it’s filled with so many talented players, the Patriots should be looking to take a player who starts to fall.
We like Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool in the second or third round because he also could play tight end and on special teams.
As far as a pure wide receiver goes, Baylor’s Denzel Mims would be a good first-round pick.
The Patriots need to take a tight end in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Patriots could decide they really like Cole Kmet and take him in the first round.
Otherwise, we like Dayton’s Adam Trautman on Day 2.
The ideal place to take an offensive tackle would be late on Day 2 or early on Day 3 of the draft.
UConn’s Matt Peart could go anywhere from the second to the fourth round and is one of our top athletic fits. He played right tackle in 2019.
If the Patriots trade left guard Joe Thuney, then this becomes a top need, and Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz could go in the first or second round.
If Thuney sticks around, then the Patriots need depth at center in case David Andrews isn’t healthy for the 2020 season. We like Temple’s Matt Hennessy in the third round.
The Patriots could use a depth or developmental player here. Arkansas’ McTelvin Agim is a projected fifth- or sixth-round pick and has a ton of upside.
This is tough, because there are a lot of early- to mid-round edge defenders who look like good fits for the Patriots, including Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa, Boise State’s Curtis Weaver, Florida’s Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga and Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara and Khalid Kareem.
As far as the best one goes? We’ll say Alabama’s Terrell Lewis in the second round.
Tight end and linebacker are the Patriots’ top two needs in the draft.
Like at edge defender, there are a lot of players in this draft who fit the Patriots well at linebacker, including Mississippi State’s Willie Gay, Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray, Wisconsin’s Zack Baun, Wyoming’s Logan Wilson, Minnesota’s Carter Coughlin, Tennessee’s Daniel Bituli and Michigan’s Josh Uche.
Ohio State’s Malik Harrison is our top fit. He’d be a perfect Patriot on Day 2.
The Patriots are loaded at cornerback and just took Joejuan Williams in the second round last year. We like Southern Illinois’ Madre Harper as a late-round flier.
This is a tough one, because there are a lot of worthy options for the Patriots with varied skill sets in this draft.
Clemson’s K’Von Wallace is a great slot option in the middle rounds. California’s Ashtyn Davis is a rangy free safety on Day 2. Alabama’s Xavier McKinney split his snaps evenly between free safety, the slot and strong safety.
We’ll go with Southern Illinois’ Jeremy Chinn in the second round. He has the size of a linebacker and the speed and range of a free safety.