The New England Patriots drafted the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft with the help of Ernie Adams. The final pick of his great career with the Patriots was a value investment.
Adams decided to take wide receiver Tre Nixon before calling it career.
In the last 46 years, Adams worked with the Patriots, New York Giants, and Cleveland Browns. He had two stints with the Patriots and the team got the best of his experience. Adams was also working on Wall Street and “developed an expertise in obscure value stocks.” That’s what Paul Isaac, one of his co-workers at Mabon, Nugent & Co., said in an interview with The Boston Globe in 2020.
Ernie Adams played smart when the Patriots drafted the final pick
The wide receiver was once a hot commodity but his stock fell in his college career. Adams decided to make a good decision.
We don’t really know what Adams did with the Patriots as their “football research director.” Well, “everything” may be the perfect response to that. Adams was a mainstay in the Patriots draft room in the past 21 years.
“He’s literally been involved in every single aspect of the football program at every level that you could possibly be involved in,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said after the 2021 draft.
The Patriots had trouble evaluating college wide receivers in the past. However, the team won six Super Bowls and made a few other appearances.
Nixon is a seventh-round selection and has a good chance to reverse the downward trend. The UCF player is not a typical late-round pick.
Belichick’s team started out 2-for-2 at getting wide receivers. The first two WRs he got was future Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and seventh-rounder David Givens in the same season.
Givens is another value pick with 814 career college receiving yards. Adams selected him, too.
“Ernie was given a stack of books and he pulled David Givens out, and that was a pretty good pick,” Belichick said in a Patriots social media video.
Givens was able to catch 158 passes for 2,214 yards with 12 touchdowns in four seasons with the Pats. This includes 115 catches for 1,612 yards with five touchdowns in his final two seasons.