It wouldn’t be a Patriots draft class without a corner being selected. Without a second-round pick, Patriots fans will be saved from mistakes like Duke Dawson, Joejuan Williams, and Cyrus Jones being taken in the second (unless they trade up).
Jaron Bryant could provide some value at the position though, especially as a seventh-round pick. The cornerback out of Fresno State has displayed good tackling throughout his college years.
Everything else about Bryant is just kind of average.
Bryant isn’t going to be anything special in the NFL, but his ceiling could be that of a good third or fourth corner on the depth chart, a nice complementary piece to Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, and JC Jackson.
Mike Panasiuk is an intriguing prospect. He’s got a massive body and is really good at stuffing the run. Yet, when watching him play, he doesn’t seem to put much effort into rushing the passer. He’s an absolute non-factor against the pass, and that spells a problem for a pass-heavy NFL.
Panasiuk can comfort himself in the fact that he has all the physical tools to become a dangerous pass rusher. All it takes is the right coaching to get him to that next level of play.