Reviewing The Pats’ 2016 Draft [VIDEO]
The New England Patriots added some new players into the fray after the weekend and it’s time to delve into the strengths and weaknesses of each new guy to see what we can expect in 2016 and beyond. The Pats added some help in their secondary, offensive line, wide receiver core, and picked up a new quarterback too. Listed below are all the selected Patriots and some of the good and bad points from them all as detailed in their draft profiles on NFL.com
Round 2: Selection 60 Overall – Cyrus Jones (CB – Alabama)
According to his profile, the cornerback is confident, strong and is able to play his position with good strength. Jones was consistently beat by receivers in the early part of his career in Alabama, but worked at his craft with Head Coach Nick Saban to become one of the best defenders on the Crimson Tide. The knocks on him are that he can get beat by receivers going over him and needs to get better awareness in coverage.
Round 3: Selection 78 Overall – Joe Thuney (G – NC State)
Thuney is a versatile offensive lineman who played right tackle, left tackle, right guard, and left guard while with the Wolf Pack during his career. He is a 6’5” player that is credited for his strong run blocking and ability to create lanes for the rusher as a three year starter at NC State. The critiques on the lineman are that he may be slightly undersized for the professional ranks at this time and may be better suited playing guard than tackle.
Round 3: Selection 91 Overall – Jacoby Brissett (QB – NC State)
Brissett is a very strong armed QB that is proficient at moving the chains when he’s on the field. He transferred to the Wolfpack after originally committing to Florida and started every contest for the past two seasons. The knocks on Brissett are that his thrown passes tend to sink more than his counterparts and that he may have picked up some bad habits scrambling from the pocket playing in the ACC.
Round 4: Selection 113 Overall – Malcolm Mitchell (WR – Georgia)
Picked as one of the best middle round selections by the Patriots, Mitchell possesses the strong hands and toughness that will make him an extremely valuable option for Tom Brady in the years ahead. He battled back through an ACL tear in 2013 and lacks some speed and size to consistently trouble the quicker defensive backs.
Round 6: Selection 208 Overall – Kamu Grugier-Hill (LB – Eastern Illinois)
Grugier-Hill possesses explosive jump on plays and has great chase speed according to his draft profile. He projects as a linebacker at the next level, but will need to show that he can play at the same ability with the added weight he’ll need in the pro ranks. Clocked in with a 4.45 time in his 40 back at his Pro Day.
Round 6: 214 Overall – Elandon Roberts (LB – Houston)
Roberts is said to be a tremendous leader during his time in Houston and is projected to do more of the same if he sticks around with the Patriots. Reports say that he always can find the best route to the ball and consistently is able to stop the play. Needs to work on his hands and being able to convert interception attempts thrown his way.
Round 6: 221 Overall – Ted Karras (G – Illinois)
Comes from a family of football players as seven members of his clan have played college football, and four of them went on to play in the NFL. Able to use his brute strength to stop defenders and turn them out of the fray. Also has a unique pregame routine where he pours water on his head and screams before kickoff. Will need to work on his stiff play of his lower half to really become successful.
Round 7: 225 Overall – Devin Lucien (WR – Arizona State)
Listed as a wide-out with decent size and speed that can really do damage in the yards after the reception. Dealt with lingering hamstring issues in his final few games that hindered his statistics down the stretch. Lacks the ability to make quick cuts to trouble defenders and the opposing secondary.