By: Jack Zinman (Sports Editor)
Every offseason it seems the Patriots lose a bunch of key players. In 2019 the Patriots have lost Rob Gronkowski, Trey Flowers, Trent Brown, Malcolm Brown, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Eric Rowe, Dwayne Allen, and Adrian Clayborn.
The Patriots went into the draft having to fill in a ton of holes and it seems as if they successfully filled in most of their spots while having one of the best drafts out of the 32 teams.
“I love what the Patriots did, they had a plethora of picks and picked players from all over, different positions,” says ESPN NFL analyst Lamar Woody.
The Patriots had 12 picks entering the draft but only used 10 of them and traded away 2.
With those selections the Patriots picked N’Keal Harry (Arizona State), Joejuan Williams (Vanderbilt), Chase Winovich (Michigan), Damien Harris (Alabama), Yodny Cajuste (West Virginia), Hjalte Froholdt (Arkansas), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn), Byron Cowart (Maryland), Jake Bailey (Stanford), and Ken Webster (Ole Miss).
For the first time in the Brady-Belichick era, the Patriots have selected a wide receiver with their number one pick. The man is N’Keal Harry who is 6’2 and racked up 1K yards in two out of his three seasons at ASU.
“N’Keal Harry was a big pick up for us. After losing Hogan and Patterson, we picked up a tall playmaker. Who knows he could be the next Gronk but at WR,” said freshman Brady Daylor.
A new fan favorite could be emerging as DE Chase Winovich and his long blonde hair comes into New England with his Gronk like energy and his superstar talents.
“Wino” transitioned to DE after his freshman year and made an impact immediately as he had 18.5 sacks in three years at DE, having 8.5 in his junior year.
“Chase Winovich was my favorite pick. I watched his highlights and he’s an absolute animal. He’s kinda like Gronk with his personality which the fans will love,” said junior Kyle Sullivan.
Joejuan Williams, a defensive back from Vanderbilt led the SEC in interceptions by a cornerback in the 2018 season. Ultimately, replacing Eric Rowe in a low key role but a big role of shutting down the number three receiver and/or shutting down a zone.
Damien Harris might be the most underrated prospect in the draft this year and the Patriots snagged him at the 87th spot in the third round. At Alabama, Harris was the number one halfback option over first-round pick, Josh Jacobs.
“Harris is a great pick by the Pats. Not sure what we’re gonna do with the, what seems like 40 running backs we have but I trust the front office,” sid sophomore Aaron Livshin.
The Patriots may have found Tom Brady’s replacement if he ever retires in the fourth round. That man is Jarrett Stidham out of Auburn. Stidham had a breakout sophomore season where he threw for 3000+ yards and 18 TDs.
“Having Stidham go under Tom’s wing for three or four years will really help him get ready to take over a starting spot nobody else has had control of for 20 years except one man,” said sophomore Daniel Fishman.