The 2023 NFL Draft is a little over a month away, so the mock drafts are in full swing. The Patriots hold the 14th pick in this year’s draft, and there are many options for who they can select with that pick. Of course, every draft expert is saying something different about who the Patriots will choose, so instead of reading through all of the mock drafts around, I will just summarize all the different mock drafts out there.
Todd McShay of ESPN has the Patriots selecting Quentin Johnston, a WR out of TCU, with the 14th pick in the draft.
In a combined effort, Sam Monson and Mike Renner put together a mock draft over at Pro Football Focus. In their mock draft, the Patriots select CB Joey Porter Jr. from Penn State with the 14th pick.
Ryan Wilson from CBS Sports has the Patriots selecting Darnell Wright, an OT from Tennessee.
Chris Trapasso, also from CBS Sports, has the Patriots drafting Broderick Jones, an OT from Georgia.
The staff over at the Ringer put together a mock draft, and we see the first repeat selection in their mock draft. The Ringer mock draft has the Patriots selecting CB Joey Porter Jr. from Penn State.
The staff over at the Athletic also put together their mock draft, and they also believe that the Patriots will be taking CB Joey Porter Jr with the 14th pick in the draft.
All in all, I looked at seven different mock drafts, and only one player showed up more than once.
That player is Joey Porter Jr., a CB from Penn State.
I believe that most fans will want to draft a WR because the Patriots desperately need the help at receiver, but with Belichick’s shaky past with drafting receivers and just knowing how he works, a CB selection makes all the sense in the world.
I and many other Patriots fans would be ecstatic to get one of the above-mentioned receivers in the draft. Still, I think we must suppress our hopes for an elite receiver in the draft and become prepared for when the Patriots use another first-round draft pick on an offensive lineman or a defensive player.