The New England Patriots have wrapped up the 2017 NFL Draft. After all the dust has settled, the Patriots selected four players.
After coming into the 2017 NFL Draft without a pick in the first two rounds, the New England Patriots left with four new players a the conclusion of the draft.
The Patriots have done very well so far this offseason, but they did come into the draft with some needs. After some wheeling and dealing, the Patriots addressed two of those needs rather quickly in the third round.
With their first pick, the Patriots selected defensive end, Derek Rivers. With Rob Ninkovich getting older and being in the final year of his contract, Rivers figures to be his replacement. In addition to Rivers, the Patriots also added left tackle Antonio Garcia. Coming out of Troy, Garcia is one of the best pass-blockers in the entire class, and could be the future starting left tackle in 2018.
After those two picks on Friday, the Patriots selected defensive lineman Deatrich Wise in the fourth round. Wise has the ability to play either on the inside or outside on the defensive line. Wise should provide the Patriots with some nice versatility in the trenches. In the sixth round, the Patriots traded up to select offensive lineman Conor McDermott. As a sixth-round pick, McDermott is raw, but you can’t teach 6’8” with length.
Third Round: Derek Rivers
Third Round: Antonio Garcia
Fourth Round: Deatrich Wise
Sixth Round: Conor McDermott
Overall, the Patriots finished with just four picks in the draft. As expected, they are going to be very active in the undrafted free agency market, and also shopping for cheap veterans. With the trades included, it was a pretty solid draft for the Patriots, as they were able to get some depth at the positions they needed to.