Things look really great for the New England Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick signed top players, working on both his offense and defense. He fixed most of the problems his team had in 2020. New England missed the playoffs and finished the season with a 2020 record. The Patriots got a big reward for letting Tom Brady go in free agency, and Belichick will get an additional draft pick.
Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal provided an explanation for the Patriots’ most recent reward.
“The inclusion of a 33rd compensatory selection in this year’s Draft resulted from a correction by the Management Council to the calculation of average yearly compensation. As a result of the correction, the Patriots were awarded the first compensatory pick in Round 5, and the Falcons’ first compensatory selection in Round 5 has moved down two slots. By agreement with the NFLPA, the Bears will retain their compensatory selection at the end of Round 6, previously the 32nd awarded, now the 33rd.”
The new fifth-round selection is the 177th overall, Belichick has 10 picks heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Here’s what he got:
- 1st: 15th
- 2nd: 46th
- 3rd: 96th
- 4th: 120th
- 4th: 122nd
- 4th: 139th
- 5th: 177th
- 6th: 188th
- 6th: 197th
- 7th: 242nd
Patriots get the perfect draft pick
New England has several options at the moment. Belichick signed and traded for a roster that could easily compete for an AFC East division title next season. Pretty much everything depends on veteran quarterback Cam Newton and his role with the team.
The Patriots offered Newton a one-year deal. He knows the offense and will enter the new season with better preps. The 2015 NFL MVP also has more weapons than he did in 2020. But, Belichick may consider working on a backup plan for Newton.
Players sustain injuries and coaches are forced to make a change overnight. Regardless of the current situation, the Patriots have to address their quarterback position. We are looking for a long-term answer after all.