New England Patriots’ 21st selection doesn’t appear to be a top spot in the cornerback position – New England Patriots Website

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Quick thoughts and notes about the New England PatriotsNFL:

1. Are you stuck in a corner?If the Patriots were to play this week's game, their starting cornerbacks will be Jalen MillsAnd…

It's a big question and arguably the most important for the team.

Malcolm Butler, Terrance MitchellAnd Shaun WadeTop in-house candidatesJonathan JonesAnd Myles Bryant(slots) which is why an ideal situation would be for the 2022 NFL draftto give them more concrete answers.

But, this year, the Patriots were able to get a quarterback, which was not the case last year. Mac JonesAt No. Multiple analysts disagree with this assessment. The Patriots have a cornerback at 21, which is not a similar scenario.

Cincinnati's Ahmad “Sauce” GardnerLSU's top-10 projected pick. Derek Stingley Jr.Washington's Trent McDuffieExpect to be off the boards by the 20s.

Mel Kiper Jr., senior analyst at ESPN, stated that “then there is a drop off.”

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay discusses Clemson Andrew Booth Jr.Booth would be the next option but in a higher 25-32 range which doesn't provide the “value” Bill Belichick seeks. Booth's 15 games of experience would be a problem for the Patriots.

Kiper thought about putting Booth in the Patriots' place. latest mock draftBefore they gave them Utah linebacker Devin LloydBooth ultimately landed at 29. Kansas City Chiefs.

Kiper concluded that “the depth at cornerback in this year's year is not very great.” [after the top group]. Although it's abundant in numbers, there are many hit and miss players.

Kiper wondered if Belichick would consider trading into the teens if Stingley falls into that range. Stingley was being tracked as a potential No. If not for 2020 COVID-19 season, he might consider a trade to the teens. Stingley was being tracked as a possible No. 1 draft pick. However, he suffered a torn Lisfranc ligament injury in his left foot which kept him out of the draft for nine games in 2021.

If the Patriots were looking to make a safer decision, it would be similar to what happened in 2010. Devin McCourtyMichigan safety Daxton HillA 21-year-old would consider a 6 foot, 191-pound option.



Here are some highlights from Daxton Hill's college career as a Michigan safety.

“He could do everything. He can play center, be a slot corner and tackle so well. Kiper said that he was perfect for the current game.

“You could argue, if only you said ‘defensivebacks overall,' Sauce Gardner is No. 1. 2 is either [safety] Kyle HamiltonDerek Stingley Jr. and Daxton Hill could be next to Trent McDuffie. [Hill is]One of the top overall defensive backs this draft

2. BB at 70%Belichick celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday. This milestone gives him the chance to achieve something very rare. Only head coach to win at most 10 games OrMarv Levy, a 70-year-old Bills player, made it to the playoffs twice with the Bills in 1995 & 1996.

3. Groh's intro:Matt Groh, the Patriots first year director of player personnel, hosted his first videoconference. The two shared their insights and engaged with reporters on a range topics. These included the impact of flag football playing in 7-on-7 to produce more wide receivers and Matt Patricia as assistant coach playing a major role in the acquisition. DeVante ParkerA lack of larger linebackers in college due to spread-it-out pass offenses has led to a shortage of them. Groh mentioned a few others at various points — Eliot Wolf and Steve Cargile as well as Nancy Meier, Richard Miller and Berj Najarian — which was a nice touch that showed a selfless approach to his new leadership role.



Tedy Bruschi explains the role of Mac Jones' leadership in DeVante Parker's success.

4. Defender DolphinsGroh admitted that the Patriots have closely monitored how the Dolphins added speed this offseason, which included the acquisition of receivers Tyreek HillTo pair with Jaylen WaddleAmong others. “We are very aware of what they have down there. … We have to play them twice. Groh stated that those are two very important games. “We have to find a way to defeat those two players and a lot more great players they have added.” Groh spoke out about the Patriots' plans to accomplish that. He highlighted some of the work behind the scenes that has taken place in the last month. There are multiple ways to do that, and not just through personnel. [but]scheme,” he stated.

5. Draft predictor:ESPN's Analytics Department has created “Draft Day PredictorThe interactive tool ” gives you an idea of the odds of which players are available at each position in the draft. The Patriots' pick at 21 is highlighted by the projected gap between the top three cornerbacks. Georgia's defensive tackle was my first search. Jordan DavisHis elite physical attributes would make him an obvious Patriots selection — and there's only about a 20% chance that he'd be available.

6. Mac contextBased on the scouting report from Alabama, Kiper claimed that Jones would be the best quarterback in this class. This was a stark reminder of how lucky New England was last season. There are not all quarterback classes created equal and the '21 group was so deep that the Patriots could hold off on picking No. 15 to show their loyalty to their franchise guy. This year's QB Class falls short.

7. Wise remarks: Veteran defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr.As a guest at last weekend's Patriots annual season-ticket member preview event, he shared stories from his 2017 draft-day experience (fourth round, Arkansas). One topic was about how formidable an opponent the Bills are and how they might close that gap in 2022. He said: “The Bills certainly had our number a few seasons ago, but I don’t treat any team differently. They can bring in the Incredible Hulk. We're [still]Going to continue to buckle our helmets and [compete].” This prompted a round of applause from the crowd.

8. Land of MosesThe Patriots will begin their voluntary offseason program Monday. The first two weeks of the program are devoted to strength and conditioning. Deron Mayo, brother to former linebacker/current assistant Jerod Maio, will be leading these sessions. The players are restricted to 90 minutes and the clubs can only specify two hours that they will be there. In line with this, there is no cost for safety of agents. Jabrill PeppersOne of the things that stood out for him during the Patriots' joint practices last year was the team's conditioning. The team runs… a lot.

9. Tip the old block:Coby Tippett, University of Rhode Island's defensive back, was one of the local prospects who joined the Patriots on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. Coby Tippett is the son of Andre Tippett (Pro Football Hall of Famer, Patriots all-time leader in sacks), so he's not new to Foxborough. Tippett, who is a 195-pound, 5-8-pounder, has been in Florida with Tom Shaw since January. He passed the Bryant University pro day and was deemed to be a free undrafted agent. Andre Tippett was bursting with pride Wednesday as the team's executive director of community affairs.

10. Did you know:The Patriots have only used a first round pick on a wide receiver once in Belichick's tenure (1900-present).N'Keal Harry, 2019). It is tied for the second-lowest number in the NFL during that span. New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay PackersAnd Los Angeles Rams.

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