After a first Mock Draft that went about as well as Patriots’ fans could hope for, the 49ers traded up to No. 3 overall and the Dolphins ended up at No. 6. The Eagles ended up at 12th overall. This draft reflects how the board fell with the new draft order.
Having Mac Jones fall to 15th overall was a surprise and gave the Patriots an opportunity to snag their QB of the future. This is a change from my first mock draft where Jones fell to Round 2, but I did not anticipate him falling that far again. Despite spending in free agency on two wide receivers, the second round gave the Patriots an opportunity to pick Dyami Brown, a highly talented receiver prospect who could be a No. 2-3 receiver in his first couple seasons and potentially grow from there.
Defense was on the menu for the next three selections with the Patriots taking a player at every level of defense. Jamar Johnson could become a Devin McCourty replacement and team with Kyle Dugger as the safeties of the future. Jamin Williams is a big body in the middle of the defense who moves really well from sideline to sideline. Milton Williams could take a year to develop into a solid interior defensive lineman, which the Patriots will need.
Of the later picks, Josh Palmer and Robert Hainsey intrigue me the most. Palmer has an NFL body but needs to improve separation in his routes. Hainsey was part of a terrific offensive line at Notre Dame and the Patriots have had quite a bit of success with late round linemen, such as Shaq Mason and Michael Onwenu.