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Patriots Add Another Bulldog With RB Michel at #31

Ian Logue
April 26, 2018 at 11:46 pm ET

After taking a player out of the University of Georgia in Isaiah Wynn with their first pick, they grabbed yet another when they found themselves back on the clock eight picks later Thursday night.

The Patriots selected running back Sony Michel with the 31st overall selection, wrapping up a night where they added depth on the offensive side of the football.

The selection of Michel caught everyone by surprise, as many believed that with quarterback Lamar Jackson falling to them at the end of the first round, he might be the player that would have been on New England’s radar. The Patriots had previously expressed a fair amount of interest in him, having reportedly brought him into Foxboro recently leading up to the draft.

Instead, New England passed on him at #23 when they drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, and then passed again when they grabbed Michel eight picks later.  The Ravens then traded back into the first round after making a trade with the Eagles to close out the night, selecting Jackson with the 32 overall selection.

As for Michel, he’s an intriguing selection.  He was a dynamic playmaker at Georgia, averaging 6.1 yards per carry rushing the football, along with 9.7 yards per reception.  He rushed for 3613 yards on 590 carries during his career along with 33 rushing touchdowns, as well as catching 64 passes for 621 yards and six touchdowns out of the backfield.  With the loss of Dion Lewis this offseason, it appears that Belichick may have found a potential replacement to compliment James White.

There’s reportedly an injury concern with Michel, with Mike Lombardi reporting before the draft that the Georgia running back was potentially dealing with a “bone-on-bone” condition in his knee and that may be the reason he fell so far in the draft.

However, Lombardi still liked what he saw from Michel and feels he could be a productive player in the NFL.

“I love this kid,” Lombardi said via DawgNation.com. “I think I’m concerned. There’s a lot of teams telling me there’s a medical concern here, so he could slip a little bit. I don’t know what it is, but the way the medical works at the combine is there’s a table with like six doctors from each team at one table and six different from another team at another table. His medical grade is a little iffy from what I’m told.

“But this kid, to me, is the prototypical NFL back. He can catch the ball, he can impact the passing game. Remember how we have to evaluate running backs– it’s block, catch, run. It isn’t run, catch, block. And this kid blocks well. This kid can be impactful. I love this kid as a player.”

Overall, while the Patriots didn’t get the defensive player they may have been hoping for, it’s hard not to feel good about the moves they made Thursday night.  Between Michel and Wynn, they’ve added two more players to join Brady in his final seasons, which should leave fans pretty happy with how things played out.

Patriots Select OT Wynn In Round One at #23

Ian Logue
at 11:09 pm ET

The Patriots addressed their offensive line on Thursday night with their first pick in round one, selecting offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn with the 23rd overall selection.

Wynn was a left tackle with Georgia, with the 6’2″ standout excelling in pass protection during his career as a Bulldog.  According to Pro Football Focus, Wynn was terrific, giving up just 4 sacks, 2 QB hits and 20 quarterback hurries since 2014.  He played in 15 games last season, making 15 starts at left tackle and was named offensive lineman of the week after a dominating performance at the Senior Bowl.

Belichick was on hand for Georgia’s Pro Day last month, but Wynn was sidelined while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum suffered last November.  It was a frustrating day for Wynn, who reportedly expressed disappointment afterward for not be able to perform with his teammates.  However, he obviously wasn’t overlooked.  Instead, it may have been Wynn’s overall body of work both as a player and a person that caught Belichick’s eye as the Patriots coach must have liked not only what he saw on film, but also what he heard about the Georgia tackle, who was also a team captain.

Being a team leader is an attribute Belichick tends to appreciate, and it’s a solid addition as the team infuses some talented youth up front to protect Tom Brady for his final seasons.

There was some drama right before New England’s pick.  Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, who is now the head coach in Tennessee, jumped up in front of the Patriots at #22 after making a deal with the Ravens to move up from #25 and snatched Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans away from Bill Belichick, who Vrabel must have believed was on his radar.  It was Vrabel’s first selection as a head coach, which was ironic for the former linebacker.

After Wynn’s selection, he adds another dynamic heading into training camp and will now become a nice project for Dante Scarnecchia to work on as they look to solidify their offensive line.