Like Taylor, there was no need for the Patriots to add another wide receiver to the roster. The 96th pick was part of the deal with Detroit that sent the Lions’ 85th overall pick to New England. The Patriots used the 85th selection on offensive tackle Antonio Garcia.
NESN’s Doug Kyed mocked Hendrickson to New England with their third round, 72nd overall pick:
"“Hendrickson fits what the Patriots typically look for in a defensive end from a size and testing perspective. He also was extremely productive with the Owls, producing 78 total pressures in 2016 with nine sacks, 13 QB hits and 56 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus’ Draft Pass. He wound up in the backfield on 20.5 percent of his pass-rush snaps.” (4/30/2017)"
The return of Dont’a Hightower in free agency meant New England didn’t need to emphasize the linebacker position in the draft. At 6-foot and 230 pounds, Reeves-Maybin’s smaller frame is similar to that of 2016 Patriots draftee Elandon Roberts.