On the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots had three selections. The Patriots, in typical fashion, made some moves and were able to key in on two guys that they believe can help them win a Super Bowl next year. The Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs struck a deal for tight end James O’Shaughnessy, who recorded two catches for -1 yards last season. The Patriots sent their fifth round pick to the Chiefs in exchange for O’Shaughnessy and a sixth round selection, which they would later trade to the Dallas Cowboys.
#131 Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas
This marks the second time in three years that the Patriots have selected a defensive end out of Arkansas in the fourth round, as we saw the team draft Trey Flowers in 2015. In fact, Flowers and Wise are close friends and excited about the possibility of playing and competing with each other at the professional. At Arkansas, Wise recorded 49 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. The big knock against Wise has been his health, as he has battled serious hand and shoulder issues in his collegiate career. However, many believe that he will be able to turn into a star if he can stay healthy at the next level. The 6-foot-5 274 pounder has a NFL body and has drawn comparisons to Chandler Jones. If Wise can be Jones, aside from the whole running around naked while on synthetic marijuana, the Patriots will be in good shape.
#211 Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA
Standing at 6-foot-8 inches tall and weighing 307 pounds, McDermott is a massive human that will be able to compete at the next level. Interestingly enough, McDermott started his career as a blocking tight end before making the transition to the offensive line. In his last two seasons, McDermott has started 24 games at left tackle and was part of the second-teams All-Pac-12. Similar to Wise, this is a clear indication that Belichick saw an area to improve his team. The Patriots took two offensive lineman in this draft, as well as two defensive ends. These were two small holes on the Patriots that look to be completely filled now. I would not expect to see McDermott any time soon, but with the mystery surround Nate Solder after this season, it is clear that the Patriots are preparing for a shake up of the offense line.
While the draft is technically over for the team, I expect the Patriots to be very involved in the undrafted free agents side of things, as they still have a couple minor areas that need to be addressed.