Patriots 2018 Draft Picks and Thorough Analysis

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Patriots 2018 Draft Picks and Thorough Analysis

(04/27/18 Foxboro, Ma) New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, right, introduces the teams first round draft Sony Michel at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday, April 27, 2018. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki

(04/27/18 Foxboro, Ma) New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, right, introduces the teams first round draft Sony Michel at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday, April 27, 2018. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki

(04/27/18 Foxboro, Ma) New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, right, introduces the teams first round draft Sony Michel at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday, April 27, 2018. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki

(04/27/18 Foxboro, Ma) New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft, right, introduces the teams first round draft Sony Michel at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday, April 27, 2018. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki

David Finnegan and Ian Turpel

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ROUND 1

Pick 23; Isaiah Wynn; Offensive Lineman; Georgia Bulldogs

Pick 31; Sony Michel; Running Back; Georgia Bulldogs

ROUND 2

Pick 56; Duke Dawson; Cornerback; Florida Gators

ROUND 5

Pick 143; Ja’Whaun Bentley; Linebacker; Purdue Boilermakers

Round 6

Pick 178; Christian Sam; Linebacker; Arizona State Sundevils

Pick 210; Braxton Berrios; Wide Receiver; Miami Hurricanes

Round 7 

Pick 219; Danny Etling; Quarterback; LSU Tigers

Pick 243; Keion Crossen; Cornerback; Western Carolina Catamounts

Pick 250; Ryan Izzo; Tight End; Florida State Seminoles

 

Analysis

The Patriots made a bold move in not selecting a quarterback with one of their two first round picks in this years draft. Some predicted that they would trade into the Top 15 and select a quarterback like Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. However, they stood their ground and selected an offensive lineman and running back with their two first round picks. They would later select Danny Etling out of LSU with a 7th round pick who many see as a big project and likely a future member of the practice squad. It was a fairly solid draft in the sense they drafted players in positions that they needed but did not take a quarterback which was the expectation by many. Overall, I would rate this draft an A- because they managed to get three starting caliber players with their first three picks in the draft and some very prosperous development players.