New England Patriots: Grading the 2019 NFL Draft Class
With the draft coming to close. It is time to go back and review how the draft went for certain teams. As always, all the teams have holes they try to fill with draft picks. Some teams made the right picks others left us wondering why. The New York Giants and Oakland Raiders were two of those that had us scratching our heads. Here is my draft review for the New England Patriots.
Round 1: N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
Harry became the first wide receiver that Belichick has ever drafted in the first round. He is an absolute big play threat. This is a player that Brady hasn’t had since Randy Moss. Harry lacks the top speed to beat NFL corners, but he is good and getting contested balls. I give this pick an A.
Round 2: Joejuan Williams CB Vanderbilt
Many considered this a surprise pick by the Patriots. They are very deep at a corner with 5 players already on the roster. The main reason that Williams is now a Patriot is because of his size. He is 6 foot 4 and 211 pounds. That is a rare size for a corner, but he should fit in well. I give this pick an A.
Round 3: Chase Winovich DE Michigan
He will use that speed to help the Patriots on defense. This was a good pick by Belichick. Many see him as a second-year blossom player with a lot of energy. I will grade this pick an A.
Round 3: Damien Harris RB Alabama
Harris has all the intangibles. He is known for his ball security, pass protection, and patient powerful running. Now the Patriots have a great dual-threat at running back with Sony Michel and James White. Harris will give Rex Burkhead some competition. This was a player that Belichick could not pass on. I would grade this pick a B.
Round 3: Yodny Cajuste OT West Virginia
The pick was made to protect Tom Brady. Cajuste was projected as an NFL ready offensive lineman. He comes in at 6 foot 5 and is made to be an interior lineman for a long time to come. He has some kinks to work on, but the coaching staff should be able to help. Cajuste could be another diamond in the rough mid-round pick. I would grade this pick a B.
Round 4: Hjalte Froholdt OL Arkansas
He changed from DL to OL. Froholdt is very versatile which is probably why Belichick picked him. He will help where he is needed. He will be competing with Ted Karras who is the top backup interior lineman. Karras is in the last year of his contract. I would grade this pick a B.
Round 4: Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
The Patriots had to find someone who will be the quarterback when Brady decides its time. Many praise Stidham for his pre-snap intelligence, mobility and above average arm strength. The reason that Stidham went later in the draft because he had a bad junior year but recovered. Brady will help mold Stidham. This is exactly what the Patriots needed. I grade this pick an A.
5th Round: Byron Cowart DL Maryland
Cowart had a bad start to his college career. He was 5-star recruit out of high school. He was recruited by Will Muschamp at Auburn, but Muschamp left for South Carolina. On the other hand, he does have good tools and size to be a good interior lineman. He will be Belichick reclamation project. We will see how he does. I grade this pick a B.
5th Round: Jake Bailey P Stanford
This pick was an interesting one. The Patriots just signed P Ryan Allen to a one-year contract. Belichick moved up to pick Bailey. He sees a lot in him and he will challenge Allen. Allen earned that contract by his play during the Super Bowl. I grade this pick as a B.
7th round: Ken Webster CB Ole Miss
Webster had a great combine. He ran 4.43 40-yard dash, 43-inch vertical jump, a 133-inch broad jump, and 6.85 three-cone drills. The one issue he has is the inconsistency he has in coverage. He is a good tackler and is also considered a hybrid safety-linebacker. He comes to the Patriots in a position that is the deepest on the team. I grade this pick a C.
Overall Grade: A
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