Tankathon.com lists the current NFL draft order for April’s draft. Where do the New England Patriots currently select in the first round? It’s never too early to start thinking about the 2023 NFL Draft next April.
The NFL draft is a wonderful time of year for content creators and the players who will see their lifelong dreams come true. The Patriots are in their bye week and have a 5-4 record, which is good for the 8th seed in the AFC.
Because of how good the AFC is this year, New England may need to win 10 games in order to qualify for the playoffs. Given their roster, it’s clear that the team probably won’t make a deep run if they do make the postseason.
One of the biggest reasons why the Patriots have struggled this year is because of their offense, which does not feature a truly dynamic, game-changing player. Tankathon.com lists the first round draft order in the coming draft, and the Patriots are currently picking at the 17th overall selection.
They also have a tab where they form their own mock draft. In that draft, New England takes Kayshon Boutte, a wide receiver from LSU. Already, this sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, and Odell Beckham, Jr all went to LSU, and some call them “WRU.”
Boutte is a junior and will not turn 21 until May, so he’ll be drafted when he’s 20 years old. He’s 6’0″, 205lbs, a near identical size to Ja’Marr Chase.
In 2020, Boutte caught 45 passes for 735 yards and five touchdowns. In 2021, he caught 38 passes for 509 yards and nine touchdowns. This year, he has 34 receptions for 339 yards and one touchdown.
He’s largely seen as the best receiver in the country and possibly the first one to be drafted. NFLdraftbuzz.com lists his 40 yard dash time at 4.40, and the site also lists his athleticism, speed, and quickness as some of his strengths.
He did have a serious injury in 2021, but if the medicals come back fine, Boutte should be a high draft pick, and this would make a ton of sense for the Patriots as they would draft a dynamic play-maker to the offense that is in dire need of one.