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Patriots 2022 Draft Profile: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

Steve Balestrieri
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March 23, 2022 at 6:30 am ET

Patriots 2022 Draft Profile: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
Posted: Mar 23, 2022 06:30
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As the 2022 NFL Draft draws closer we’ll profile some of the players that may be on the Patriots’ radar or that we feel would be a great fit.

The Patriots need some big-time additions at cornerback. Last year, they traded away Stephon Gilmore and then J.C. Jackson bolted for the Chargers in free agency. Thus far, they’ve made only a minor addition, former Texan CB Terrance Mitchell. With Jalen Mills, Joejuan Williams, Shaun Wade, and Justin Bethel also on the roster, they’ll look to add at least one, probably two more corners to rebuild their depth.

The team traded for Wade last year, but they don’t really know what they have there, as he barely saw the field in 2021. But he’ll get a chance to compete for some reps this spring/summer. Mills is best suited for the Jason McCourty role but played on the outside last year

The Patriots like to play man coverage, but due to injuries and a lack of depth down the stretch, last season opted to play more zone coverage. We could be seeing the team lean more towards zone coverage in 2022. Especially with the plethora of athletic, mobile quarterbacks in the NFL.    

Trent McDuffie. from Washington is another cornerback who would immediately raise the level of play at the position and provide some sorely-needed depth.  In an earlier draft profile, we looked at Andrew Booth from Clemson. We will profile some other corners and other positions in the upcoming days. 

McDuffie has a very good amount of athleticism (check✔), very good agility, and quickness in coverage. Despite his average-to-below average size (5’11,193), he’s an aggressive, tenacious run defender, and a rugged competitor with outstanding route awareness and excellent play speed (ran a 4.4 at the combine).

McDuffie has the ability to play man coverage or zone, and his aggressiveness and sure tackling make him a plus in run support. McDuffie has the versatility to play either on the boundary or out of the slot, but the team already has Jonathan Jones returning from his shoulder injury and Myles Bryant there so he’ll play on the perimeter. 

McDuffie is only 21 years old and is outstanding covering receivers in the short-to-intermediate range with his twitchy athleticism and the good makeup speed to cover receivers deep. 


– Intangibles, leadership is off the charts

– Tremendous run defender

– Twitchy with a very good closing burst

– Has the ability to be an excellent press man corner or in zone

– Body control and foot quickness is elite


– Lacks prototypical size

– May struggle against larger wide receivers

– Faced less than stellar competition in his last season

What his Role Will Be:

McDuffie will no doubt earn himself a starting role on Day 1 of the season

Will His Role Change from Year 1-to-2?

Yes, he should be the team’s #1 corner by his sophomore season in 2023.

How Many Downs Can He Play?


What Current Player on the Roster Will He Replace?

J.C. Jackson who left in free agency

What is his ST Value?

Excellent, he can be an above-average gunner or returner

Conclusion: draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has McDuffie as the 2nd CB taken in the draft, going to the Jets at #10 overall.

 “McDuffie is an ultra-clean player on tape,” Jeremiah said in his draft assessment of McDuffie in a mock draft. “He’s quick, fluid, tough, rarely out of position, and can play the ball. He’d upgrade the Jets’ intriguing mix of talented young players at the position.”


McDuffie has the Football I.Q., agility, sure tackling will make him popular with the Patriots coaching staff, if he falls to them at #21. He has the talent to be one of the league’s top corners before the end of his rookie contract according to draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Possessing very good speed with elite quickness, he has the tools (route recognition and mirroring routes to WRs) to be a tremendous cover corner in either man or zone. He flies upfield in run support and his football savvy and natural leadership will make him a captain and team leader on the field in very short order.  The question with him is where he will end up in the draft. But if he’s still there at #21, he’d be a great fit in Foxboro. 


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About Steve Balestrieri

A former US Army Special Forces NCO and Officer, Steve has been following the Patriots since their days at Fenway Park. Steve has worked in the film industry and wrote as an Military Editor at, as a reporter for the Millbury Daily Voice, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, and the Grafton News. He's also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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