The New England Patriots, along with the rest of the NFL, are now less than one week away from the start of the 2019 Draft… so it’s time to predict the results.
It’s one of the more exciting times of the NFL offseason – if not the most exciting time of all. Year after year, the New England Patriots and 31 other teams assemble in one city with throngs of owners, coaches, staffers, players, fans, and league executives on-hand to participate in a three-day event that simultaneously has everything and nothing to do with the game of football.
A legitimate argument can be made that outside of free agency or injuries, no other element of the offseason has a greater impact on the product we’ll see come September in football stadiums across the nation. The NFL Draft is the eternal pipeline that infuses rosters with youth, energy, and excitement every spring, and leaves fans of every franchise thinking the sky really is the limit for their favorite squad come winter.
It’s also a mostly-tedious affair marked by brief blips of excitement – almost all of which occur on Thursday during the first round – that doesn’t feature any actual competitive action, athletic prowess, or feats of skill. In other words, it’s a testament to the popularity of football in this country that the NFL Draft can go toe-to-toe in the television ratings with the playoffs of two other major U.S. professional sports leagues (the NBA and the NHL).
So without further ado, let’s dive right into the New England Patriots‘ draft scenarios and most-likely selections next week. With a whopping 12 picks spread out over seven rounds (tied for the most in the NFL), the team will have ample opportunity to inject its roster with fresh blood.