The second and third night of the 2018 NFL Draft, was nothing short of infuriating for Patriots fans. While we waited with bated breath for the Pats to make their next selection, the Patriots engaged in trade after trade, pushing their picks to the last possible second. As a Boston College Alum, I was hoping and praying that Harold Landry would fall to the Pats, but shocker– he wasn’t. Since the first night of the draft, the Titans traded up right before the Patriot’s picks (turns out Vrabel is one sneaky dude.) However, the Pats’ still came out with some good picks– let’s take a look at our selections.
The first night of the Draft, the Pats’ picked up two Bulldogs — Wynn and Michel. The second night of the draft the Patriots began with three picks, then traded with the 49ers for offensive tackle, Trent Brown. Brown was a right tackle in San Fran and is a “good, experienced player” whose role in the Pats’ offensive line has yet to be determined– according to Caserio. After multiple trades, and fielding many offers for trades, the Pats traded up to grab Tampa Bay’s 56th overall position, selecting cornerback Duke Dawson out of the University of Florida. Dawson paid an official pre-draft visit to Foxborough this year and was the only CB prospect to do so. Caserio mentioned that Dawson “has experience… playing three [defensive backfield] positions”– and that he is an extremely versatile player.
Day 3 was filled with a plethora trades and the selection of the (potential) heir to the Pats’ QB throne. Belichick and the boys in the scouting department were clearly unimpressed with the available players in the ‘18 draft class, so they made the most of their trades to give them capital in next year’s draft. That being said, Day 3 of the draft was extremely busy for the Patriots– trading down a whopping four times. New England sent the 105th selection to the Browns in exchange for the 114th and 178th pick. Only to then send the 114th pick to Matty P and the Lions, in exchange for a third-round pick in 2019. The evening continued with the Pat’s sending a sixth-round pick to the Chiefs, in order to receive two seventh-round picks. Lastly, we sent the 233rd selection to Philly, in exchange for the 250th pick and a seventh-rounder next year. At the end of the day, the Pats’ ended up with; two linebackers (Ja’Whuan Bentley and Christian Sam), a QB (Danny Etling), a WR (Braxton Berrios), a DB (Keion Crossen), and a TE (Ryan Izzo).