There aren’t many drafts in recent years that feel as important for the Patriots as the coming up next week.
With so much change within the team, it’s time they completely ace their picks and build a solid team for the future, starting with their most glaring needs heading into the 2023 season.
Along with all they need to do, there’s plenty they should avoid.
There’s a fine line between a great draft and a bad one, particularly if you bomb a selection in the first round. But with new minds in the building, there’s optimism that Bill Belichick will put the Patriots in a good position this year.
As they prepare for night one of the draft in nine days, here are three things they should do and three things they shouldn’t when making their selections.
Draft a wide receiver
This is a tricky one, knowing Belichick’s history with drafting receivers in one of the higher rounds.
But most have expressed their hope we will see the team go with a receiver in the first round, despite their most recent failure when they took N’Keal Harry in 2019. It has also been reported that the Patriots have narrowed their choices in the first round to three positions, with wide receiver being one of them.
The 2023 class is said to not be historically great, with most experts debating who the best of the group is and if there is even a true WR1 amongst the prospects. However, if the Patriots choose to wait past the first round, they will still have some solid options to choose from.
Ideally, they’ll take one in a higher round to ensure they get the best possible player they can, though.