Now that the offense is all sorted out, the Patriots can tend to the defense. Because it's not as needy as the other side of the team, waiting until the last round to address any positions they may need to fill on the roster seems more than okay.
With Josh Uche heading to free agency and his future in New England unclear, they decide to take Jordan Magee out of Temple with the 224th pick.
Like others in this draft, Magee has shown incredible improvement during his college years, completing the best season of his career in 2023, earning him an 87.1 grade from PFF. He is a monster pass rusher, something the Patriots will need to be better at next season to take the load off Matthew Judon.
Like the previous pick, waiting to draft an EDGE seems reasonable, given who they will have rostered in 2024 and who they could re-sign for the season in free agency. But because it shouldn't be an entirely ignored position in the draft, the Patriots take Brian Ugwu out of Miami University.
The 6'3" defensive lineman is quick on his feet for his size, and one of the Patriots' most desired qualities will surely be his work against the run. The defense has been one of the weakest parts for several years, so Ugwu's strength and speed will be a huge help there.