Who are the most important players on the Patriots' roster heading into 2023?
3. Christian Gonzalez
Welcome to the NFL, rookie, now here's some of the best wide receivers in the league. Christian Gonzalez was a perfect selection for the New England Patriots; he's everything the team needed in a cornerback, and he should insert himself as the CB1 in short time.
That also will come with Gonzo lining up against opposing offenses' top targets. The one thing that the defense was missing in 2022 was a potential lockdown cornerback, and Gonzalez can become that.
Furthermore, with the recent success of rookie cornerbacks like Sauce Gardner in 2022 and Patrick Surtain II in 2021, there's no reason to believe that Gonzalez can't do the same in his rookie season.
The Pats had a fine pass rush, adequate play from the defensive line and inside linebackers, and great safety play. The one thing they are missing is the elite CB play, which they had for years. Can Gonzalez be that guy?