Mock Madness: Patriots with trades shock the NFL with an electric 7-round mock draft

New general manager Eliot Wolf stocks up on offensive firepower (aka, weaponizes the offense)

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After another trade, the Patriots select TE Ben Sinnott with the 81st pick

The Patriots' next pick is their own, the 68th pick overall. Wolf now deftly maneuvers the draft board again and trades down with Denver. He sends pick No. 68 to the Broncos for their pick No. 81 in the third round and the Broncos fourth-rounder, pick No. 122. Here, Wolf moves to bolster his weak tight end room, which, unless Hunter Henry re-signs, has only one NFL player on board: Pharaoh Brown.

With that 81st pick in the third round, Wolf gets a tight end who can catch the ball and will compliment Hunter Henry if he re-signs or another tight end is signed, perhaps in free agency. The pick here is Ben Sinnott, a 6'4" tall, 250-pound tight end from Kansas State. writes about Sinnott's strengths,

"In the passing game, Sinott profiles to be more of a short-to-intermediate threat where he has shown to be able to make contested catches/catches in high-traffic areas. Because Sinnott lacks the athleticism to create separation at times, he appears to be more effective against zone defenses, where he can work to find vacant spots rather than needing to create separation from defenders in man coverage ... Overall, Sinnott's value is in his versatility as a player and his effectiveness as a run blocker. "

Sinnott may not be a Rob Gronkowski-type pass catcher, but he did have solid stats for the Wildcats in 2023. The big tight end caught 49 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. Those numbers projected onto an entire 17-game NFL season are just fine, thank you. Sinnott will be a nice addition to a tight-end room that needs a major makeover with added young talent.

With the 104th pick, the Patriots select OT Roger Rosengarten

With the Patriots' next pick, their own No. 104 in the fourth round, they take a second offensive tackle, the 6'5" tall and 311-pound Roger Rosengarten from Washington. He projects as a right tackle in the NFL. comments on his play,

"He’s worthy of early-to-mid Day 2 consideration and could be a surprise Round 1 pick after testing ... In a class filled with rare athletes at OT, Rosengarten is near the top of the list ... Past his athletic tools, there’s still plenty to like with Rosengarten, too. The Washington OT is a synergetic pass protector who plays with great knee bend, pad level, and controlled lean. And while his base can be a bit uncontrolled, his flashes of independent hand usage and latch technique are superb.

"As a run blocker, Rosengarten is just as exciting. His uncommon brand of mobility and flexibility yields all-encompassing schematic and usage versatility. He can channel imposing power with his burst and length, and he eagerly finishes defenders into the turf when given the chance."

That's a second young offensive tackle to complement Suamataia on the right. Wolf has done more in four rounds than Belichick did at offensive tackle in years. And it won't take much in the way of performance for them to exceed the picks Belichick brought in, either. His most recent tackle picks, when he did pick one, were mostly flops.