The New England Patriots didn’t have their “normal” draft this year. They took a different route this time. The Patriots made a lot of unexpected moves this offseason, and one particular draft pick caught everyone’s attention. New England went out of its way in the draft to address their biggest need.
The Patriots trade up in the third round of the NFL Draft to pick their tight ends. UCLA’s Devin Asiasi was the second tight end off the board when Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio selected him 91st overall. Virginia Tech’s Dalton Keene came right after. He is the No. 101 overall. Belichick made a really big move to get him. New England got Keene 10 picks after Asiasi’s selection.
Mike Sando wrote about NFL executives and evaluators and their thoughts on the draft. When it comes to the New England Patriots, one executive said Belichick and the Patriots played too bold with Asiasi.
“Oh, I love him,” the exec told Sando. “I think they hit a grand slam, but he fell to them for a reason. He was suspended. The character is concerning. (Editor’s note: Asiasi was suspended for three games to start the 2018 season for a violation of team rules.) But he is better in and out of his breaks than (Cole) Kmet and a better blocker right now. He is a more vertical, wider-angle cut receiver.”
The Patriots played bold with the draft pick
The Patriots have a really interesting situation at their tight end position. We would love to see Asiasi on the field in Week 1. The Patriots may use him to win more games in 2020.
This was a rather challenging offseason for the Patriots. They lost Tom Brady and didn’t pick a quarterback. Brady is playing with the Tamp Bay Buccaneers. Jarrett Stidham will be a starter for the Patriots. This will be a big season for every NFL team. There are reports suggesting that the Patriots will “tank” the season just to get Trevor Lawrence in 2021. He is the top pick for the 2021 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick may be all focused on the talented quarterback. Let’s see what happens next year.