The New England Patriots drafted a total of 4 players in the 2017 NFL Draft and made four trades during the draft.
Before the draft even started, the New England Patriots didn’t have a selection until the third round. That remained true as the draft went on, with the Patriots only finishing with two third-round picks, a fourth-round pick and a sixth round.
Ultimately, they didn’t get anyone that will come in and produce at a high rate right away, but they got some quality depth. Although their fourth round and sixth round pick likely won’t see a lot of time next season, their two third-round picks could.
Apparently, the Patriots didn’t need to draft a lot of players. Instead, they just steal all of the Buffalo Bills‘ players in the final year of their contract. They even drafted someone with the last name McDermott.
Since it wasn’t that much of an eventful day, there’s not much to say. Let’s dive into the trades that the Patriots made on draft day:
- Patriots trade their third round (72) and sixth round (200) to the Titans for a third round (83) and fourth-round (124).
- Patriots trade their third-round (96) and a fourth round (144) to the Lions for a third-round (85).
- Patriots trade their fifth round (183) to the Chiefs for TE James O’Shaughnessy and a sixth round (216).
- Patriots trade their sixth round (216) and seventh round (239) to the Cowboys for a sixth round (211).
And now for their four draft picks:
- Round 3 (83): Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
- Round 3 (85): Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
- Round 4 (131): Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, Arkansas
- Round 6 (211): Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA
I say give Rivers a year and he will be a productive defensive end, give Garcia a year and he will likely be a starter and give McDermott a couple of years and he could be a starter. Wise could also come up in a few years if he can prove to be coachable.
Let’s move on to Week 14, the final non-divisional game of the season.