This weekend’s NFL playoff results solidified the New England Patriots’ standing in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Patriots, who were blown out by the Buffalo Bills 47-17 on Saturday night, will receive the 21st overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft.
Here were the players selected at No. 21 in the last 10 drafts:
2021: DE Kwity Paye, Indianapolis Colts
2020: WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
2019: S Darnell Savage, Green Bay Packers
2018: C Billy Price, Cincinnati Bengals
2017: LB Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions
2016: WR Will Fuller, Houston Texans
2015: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Cincinnati Bengals
2014: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers
2013: TE Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
2012: DE Chandler Jones, New England Patriots
New England also grabbed running back Laurence Maroney (2006), defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (2004) and tight end Daniel Graham (2002) at No. 21 in previous years.
The Patriots landed their best draft class in recent memory in 2021, finding quarterback Mac Jones in the first round, defensive tackle Christian Barmore in the second and running back Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth. Draft needs for New England this year could include linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver, offensive tackle and defensive tackle, depending on how the team chooses to approach free agency.
The other wild-card weekend losers will pick in the following slots:
No. 19: Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
No. 20: Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
No. 21: New England Patriots (10-7)
No. 22: Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)
No. 24: Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
The Eagles, Steelers, Raiders and Cowboys were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
The loser of Monday night’s Arizona Cardinals-Los Angeles Rams game will receive pick No. 23. The Detroit Lions own LA’s first-round selection via the Matthew Stafford/Jared Goff trade.