No. 5 -- Tie: Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene
Draft Year: 2020
Round Selected: 3
Overall Pick: Asiasi -- 91; Keene -- 101
Current Team: Asiasi -- Cincinnati Bengals; The Bengals claimed Asiasi off waivers in August 2022, and he remains under contract for 2023. Keene -- Philadelphia Eagles. Keene spent time in 2022 on the practice squads of the Denver Broncos and the Eagles. Keene signed a reserves/futures contract with the Eagles in January 2023
2022 Production: Asiasi -- played in 183 offensive snaps for the Bengals, recording two receptions for 5 yards
Keene – None
Alternative Pick: Harrison Bryant.
Comment: 2020 was not a good year for drafting tight ends. If the Pats had to have a tight end, based on consensus rankings, Bryant, who had 31 receptions in 2022 for the Browns, would have been the more sensible choice. Drafttek.com, in its pre-draft analysis, ranked Bryant as its 3rd-best TE, 96th-best player overall, while Asiasi was ranked as its 16th best TE and 320th best player overall (a player not expected to be drafted).
Conclusion: The Asiasi pick, unfortunately, illustrates one of the Pats’ defining draft tendencies: to draft players at a far higher number than the consensus evaluation of that player would have him drafted. That's an essential part of the rationale for understanding why the Pats had so many blown draft picks from 2017 through 2020. The Pats think they know better than the rest of the league, but, at least in those years, their player evaluations were frequently out-of-step with the actual value of their drafted players.