Nothing has changed in New England. Seriously, nothing. Nothing drastic anyway. Belichick traded out of Round 1 with the LA Chargers for more draft capital. Without a sure star to trade up for in the 1st Round, you might as well make the best of the NFL draft crapshoot and give yourself more options. The chart below shows the depreciation of pick quality as the draft goes on ...
The Patriots draft after day two couldn't look more like a Belichick draft
- A random secondary player that Bill sees something in, so instead of taking them Rounds 4-6, the Patriots strike early in the 2nd or 3rd Round. Can't say I know much about Kyle Dugger, so like Tavon Wilson, Jordan Richards, Ras-I-Dowling, Cyrus Jones I'll let it slide because it seems like he finds undrafted CB's off the scrap heap and turns them into Malcolm Butlers/ Jonathon Jones
- Edge guys that can be plugged into the defense.
- Filling the need at a position the Patriots had ZERO help with last season. Patriots offense is a 2 TE offense. Hard to run that when you have 39-year-old Ben Watson and Matt Lacosse leading the charge.
|2||37||Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne - S|
|2||60||Josh Uche, Michigan - Edge|
|3||87||Anfernee Jennings, Alabama - Edge|
|3||91||Devin Asiasi, UCLA - TE|
|3||101||Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech - TE|
With the departure of TB12, Belichick will need to draft a long snapper from a military acadamy in the 5th to let New England know nothing has changed.