2022 New england patriots draft
By Mark Morse
April 26, 2022
TRADE – Patriots trade pick #21 to Dallas for picks #24 and #88 (Round 3)
This is the first of 5 trades made in this draft. Because Booth, Elam, and Hill are all rated similarly on their Draft Board they will listen to offers. This is a computer-generated trade initiated by Dallas because where there was a player available that Dallas coveted.
TRADE – Patriots trade pick #24 to Tennessee for #26 and #90 (Round 3)
Again all three are still on the board. Tennessee wanted a player at 24 with a computer-generated trade interest. The computer notifies me that 3 teams are interested in this pick and it’s up to me to structure a trade agreeable to both teams.
Round 1 Pick #26 – Kaiir Elam CB, University of Florida
Booth was selected and I didn’t want to chance losing Elam. He is 6’1 ½ 191lbs and a battle-tested man coverage corner from the SEC.
Round 2 Pick #54 – Troy Andersen LB, Montana State
The sky is the limit with Andersen. He is a freakish athlete standing 6’3” ½. 243 lbs and he ran 4.42 40 tops amongst LBs. His 10’ 8’ Broad jump was tied for 5th.
TRADE - New England trades 3rd round picks 88 and 90 to Jacksonville for 2nd rd pick #65 and 5th Rd pick 157.
TRADE - New England trades 3rd round # 65 and 5th round #157 to NYG for 3rd Round #67 and 4th round #112. I took a chance that Marcus Jones would still be available at 67. By dropping down two positions I improved my draft position by 45 spots.
Round 3 Pick # 67 – Marcus Jones CB, University of Houston
Pro Football Focus 2022 NFL Draft Guide said this about his play at cornerback: “He started in the slot as a true freshman for Troy in 2017 before kicking outside as a sophomore in 2018. Jones then transferred to Houston, where he’s been balling out on the outside with a 50% completion rate allowed in his coverage the last two years."
Round 3 Pick # 85 – Sam Williams, Edge, University of Mississippi
Pro Football Focus 2022 NFL Draft Guide had this to say about Williams “Williams spent two years at Northeast Mississippi Community College before three years at Ole Miss meaning he’ll be a 23-year old rookie. He’s improved considerably every single year as a pass-rusher culminating in a 2021 season where he registered 4+ pressures in 11 of his 13 games.
Round 4 Pick #112 – Kevin Austin WR Notre Dame
The Patriots have a lot of big WRs that play the slot (Parker, Meyers) they need a pure X receiver with speed and Austin fits that bill.
Round 4 Pick #127 – Spencer Burford OT University of Texas-San Antonio
Burford is the cousin of former NFL players Sam Hurd and former Patriot LaAdrian Waddle. One draft guide said, "plays with a fierce demeanor and keeps busy."
Round 5 Pick # 158 – Thomas Booker DT Stanford
Booker stands 6’ 3” 302lbs, ran a 4.94 40 at the combine. At the East / West Shrine Bowl practices Booker stood out for his consistent pass rush. Booker was a Junior Captain for Stanford and a three-year starter.
Round 6 Pick #183 Matt Araiza P Arizona State
Left-footed punter and also a very good Kicker as well. Booming kickoffs are his specialty. Competition for Jake Bailey who had a sub-par year. Cutting or trading Bailey would save $4M off the salary cap.
TRADE – New England trades N’Keal Harry to HOU for pick #211 (Round 6)
Round 6 Pick #200 – Zach Thomas OT San Diego State
Thomas can play all 5 O-line positions, starting at RT and then moving to LT in 2021.
Round 6 Pick # 210 – Marquan McCall NT Kentucky
McCall is a true Nose Tackle and I think we need someone to spell or eventually replace Godchaux. He played in the SEC so you know he went against the best week in and week out.
Round 6 Pick #211 – Markquese Bell S Florida A&M
From ProFootballFocus: "has a knack for putting his hat on the ball mid-tackle to knock it loose (seven forced fumbles in two seasons) … uses his long arms to punch off blocks and work laterally near the line of scrimmage … has the physical traits to match up with tight ends in coverage … comfortable covering from depth and patrolling the deep third"
Round 7 Pick #245 – Isaih Pacheco RB Rutgers
Pacheco ran a 4.37 40 at the combine. The Beast Draft Guide said this about Pacheco “Ripped physique, and clearly focuses on weight/strength training … excellent short-area agility to make lateral cuts away from congestion as he looks for greener pastures."
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