The New England Patriots have not been very active in free agency, which has raised some eyebrows around the league after their shopping spree last year helped turn them into a playoff team. Bill Belichick appears to be more than willing to replace whatever talent he may have lost during the NFL Draft.
While Belichick typically fills out his roster with players from blue-blood programs like Alabama and Georgia, he’s been one of the best executives in the league when it comes to identifying small-school talent. Just look at Eastern Washington’s Kendrick Bourne and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kyle Dugger.
The Western Michigan Broncos were one of the most exciting teams in the MAC this year, leaning on an up-tempo passing attack to carry this team to victories. The Patriots appear to be taking a very keen interest in the two players who helped make that offense run.
The Patriots reportedly sent Joe Judge to the WMU Pro Day as a quarterbacks coach, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. This indicates that New England could have interest in standout wide receiver Skyy Moore as a Day 2 option or quarterback Kaleb Eleby as a long-term backup.
Will the New England Patriots draft Skyy Moore or Kaleb Eleby?
Moore’s fantastic combine helped him become a firm contender for a Day 2 draft pick. With the short-area quickness to explode off the line, soft hands, and a history of playing well against Power 5 competition, Moore may be an ideal target for the Patriots at No. 54 overall.
Eleby has more questions hanging off of him, but he could make sense as an early Day 3 pickup. While his slight 6-1 frame and slightly below-average arm might scare some teams away from him, Eleby will likely get drafted early in Day 3 due to his penchant for efficiency and turnover avoidance.
Eleby has a fantastically accurate arm, as his downfield accuracy is among the best in this class. With enough mobility to make plays on the run and the confidence to fit the ball into some very tight windows, the Eleby-Moore connection was so effective that both players could be drafted using premium picks.
New England might address one of their many holes with a first-round pick, but it’s looking like that pick will be used on a cornerback to replace JC Jackson. In order to get Jones another weapon that can stretch the field and some extra security behind him, New England might snag two players from Kalamazoo this year.