Patriots have clear choice for second-round pick in NFL Draft

New England Patriots Draft Strategy: Securing Drake Maye and Building for the Future
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While last night's first-round of the NFL draft didn't have as many fireworks as fans and draft pundits anticipated and hoped for, the night was still a resounding success for most franchises and fanbases. In particular, the New England Patriots came away with a great selection when picking Drake Maye third overall.

Maye is officially the new quarterback in New England. He's got impressive arm talent and a motor that is sure to win over Pats fans sooner rather than later. He was absolutely the right pick, officially ushering in a new era of Patriot football, hopefully for the foreseeable future.

While it sure is exciting that the Patriots have found their new signal caller, there are still a lot of holes on this roster to fill. The most glaring weaknesses appear on the offensive side of the ball with wide receiver and offensive tackle being overall lackluster groups.

The Patriots are in a great position to draft a high-end player in a position of need. To help their new rookie quarterback; it would behoove the Patriots to further build out a more talented roster around Maye and provide him with the weapons and security he'll need to develop into a star.

With the 34th pick in the NFL draft, the Patriots should look to bolster their offensive line and select Kingsley Suamataia, a former five-star recruit from BYU. Suamataia is a former five-star recruit who originally decided to head to Oregon but later transferred to BYU to become a full-time starter. He's started for the Cougs the past two seasons, where he's been able to showcase immense potential that screams, "We'll see him on Sundays!"

Like Maye, Suamataia is a raw prospect. He is far from a finished product, which I think further drives home the notion that he's the guy to take with the 34th pick. He's got good measurables, standing at 6'5" and weighing 326 pounds.

Suamataia's claim to fame will be his athleticism. He is a very athletic lineman and uses his quickness and agility to combat pass-rushing moves from the outside, something that Drake Maye (and every other quarterback) will benefit from. He's got a thick frame, good length, and the strength to hold up during bull-rush moves from opposing defensive linemen. He's not the most complete prospect, but those traits outlined above indicate that he'll be an impact player for the team that drafts him.

The Patriots are in rebuild mode. They didn't go out and blindly spend their free agency money. The team didn't make a splashy trade to move out of their third-overall pick. This "new" New England Patriots team is being methodical and calculated.

In the first round of the draft, the Pats got their heir apparent in quarterback Drake Maye. In round two, the Pats should look to build out a roster that's most conducive to Maye succeeding - make the no-nonsense pick here. Select Kingsley Suamataia and put this offense in a position to succeed sooner rather than later.

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