The New England Patriots finished the 2021 NFL Draft as winners. Head coach Bill Belichick and his staff received grades from Pro Football Focus.
As you may be guessing, the team got an A+ from the football grading and evaluation site.
Belichick didn’t do much trading in the NFL Draft as some predicted. However, he did cover several needs on the roster. New England got a quarterback, too.
A lot of analysts thought the Patriots would trade up to get Justin Fields. The team has shown interest in the Ohio State product. Well, the Chicago Bears made an offer for the New York Giants and got the star prospect for two first-round picks, a fourth and a fifth-round selection.
Belichick didn’t want to pay too much for the team. Maybe he just wanted Mac Jones this whole time.
Here’s what PFF said about Jones:
“The narrative surrounding Mac Jones for the past few weeks was focused on whether he was worth not just the No. 3 overall pick, but the three first-round selections the 49ers invested in that draft slot. At No. 15 overall, it’s an entirely different conversation. Jones led the nation last season in overall PFF grade (95.8) and was the most accurate college quarterback in terms of adjusted completion rate (84.2%) PFF has seen. This is an outstanding pick.”
The Patriots did well in the 2021 NFL Draft
Belichick worked on his defense on Day 2. He didn’t trade up in Round 1 and waited until Friday to trade. The team moved up seven spots to get Alabama’s Christian Barmore. With the 96th overall, the Patriots got Oklahoma’s Ronnie Perkins.
“Christian Barmore is the best interior defender in this draft, and he should have been a first-round draft pick. He is the only consistently high-level pass rusher from the interior in this class, posting a 90.3 PFF pass-rushing grade against true passing sets last year. Barmore was the No. 12 overall player on the PFF Big Board. Perkins burst onto the scene with a 90.5 PFF grade last season. The problem was that his stellar play came on only 262 snaps, and some of that was against the lowly Kansas Jayhawks. If that production is real, he is an excellent steal at this pick. He has all the physical traits that the NFL covets at the position, and the Patriots can work with him to find a role on their defense. He needs to work on his hand usage but has everything else one could ask for in an edge rusher.”
New England played really well in the NFL draft and got the following players:
- R1 (15): QB Mac Jones, Alabama
- R2 (38): DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
- R3 (96): DE/OLB Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
- R4 (120): RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma
- R5 (177): ILB Cameron McGrone, Michigan
- R6 (188): DB Joshuah Bledsoe, Missouri
- R6 (197): OT William Sherman, Colorado
- R7 (242): WR Tre Nixon, Central Florida