Head coach Bill Belichick didn’t gain too many supporters following the 2022 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots entered the draft with a few big needs. Why did Belichick waste his first-round pick on Cole Strange? Well, NFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter is definitely a fan. Reuter revealed his favorite pick in the Patriots 2022 squad.
In his discussion following the draft, Reuter gave the Patriots “C” and “C+” for the picks they got on Day 1 and Day 2, respectively. However, Belichick got an A for his efforts on Day 3.
Chad Reuter praises his favorite pick of the Patriots 2022 group
Reuter is a huge fan of the moves Belichick made on the third day of the draft. He really likes Pierre Strong, because he is smart and his run game is strong.
“Predictably, New England traded down in the first round to gain picks; (Cole) Strange is a solid player who will play for a decade but was not expected to be selected in the top 50, much less the first round.” Reuter wrote for NFL.com. “(Tyquan) Thornton’s speed was coveted, but trading a pick to get him in the top 50 was surprising, as well. I predicted New England would select Marcus Jones, a diminutive but competitive slot corner and returner, in the third round.
“Jack Jones is another small but feisty corner who could beat out veterans who underperformed last year. (Pierre) Strong is my favorite pick from this group. He runs hard and fast, and he’s smart. (Bailey) Zappe’s a director from the pocket with nice anticipation and a bit more zip in his arm than given credit for. (Sam) Roberts was one of my favorite defensive line sleeper picks as he creates consistent pressure up front. The athletic (Chasen) Hines and sturdy (Andrew) Stueber could be good finds late in the draft like current starter Mike Onwenu was two years ago. “
You probably noticed that the Patriots focused on speed this time. They got a bunch of speedy players who can do the job without any problem.
Belichick has a few more problems to handle. His roster isn’t complete and there’s so much to do right now. The Patriots’ offseason is filled with challenges.