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2016 NFL Draft Grades: New England Patriots

New England Patriots Draft Class60th overall: Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama78th ove


New England Patriots Draft Class 60th overall: Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama 78th overall: Joe Thuney, OG, North Carolina State 91st overall: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State 96th overall: Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska 112th overall: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia 208th overall: Kamu Gruiger-Hill, CB, Eastern Illinois 214th overall: Elandon Roberts, ILB, Houston 221st overall: Ted Karras, OG, Illinois 225th overall: Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State It’s tough to make an impression in a draft when you don’t have your first round pick. Doubtless New England would have loved the chance to draft Myles Jack, Robert Nkemdiche or Sterling Shepard at #29 but they were denied that from the Deflategate issues. Instead New England sat at #60 and #61 and waited to see what happened. What they did was take Cyrus Jones, a corner from Alabama, to keep their defensive back stable numbers up and trade back with New Orleans to get some extra picks. That’s classic Patriots and generally a good move, but what they did with those picks is questionable. While Tom Brady is getting on in years and facing a 4-game suspension the Patriots have a backup in Jimmy Garoppolo who is generally accepted to be good, so why pick up another quarterback in Jacoby Brissett? The Patriots rarely carry 3 quarterbacks through the regular season so, while they will need another QB for the first 4 weeks if Brady is suspended they are unlikely to want one for the rest of the season. They did draft a pair of guards to help the level of competition on the inside of the line, but didn’t address their thin tackle position. Malcolm Mitchell has the potential to be another Julian Edelman, but the Pats could use a bigger target on the outside to take some of the defensive coverage away from Rob Gronkowski. Overall the Patriots picked up a lot of potential, but some of it far riskier than others and without that first round pick it’s tough to grade their draft class all that high. Still, having more tickets in the draft lottery is usually better than less. Grade: C+


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Grades: New England Patriots

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