The draft is never the Patriots strong point and for good reason. Belichick makes stars out of 4th, 6th and 7th rounders, undrafted free agents and a lacrosse player for God’s sake!
To be fair, we’re never high in the draft order anyway, but that could easily change. Plenty of teams are interested in backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, including the Browns. Granted we obviously wouldn’t get the #1 overall pick, but we don’t need it. They could give us the 12th pick in exchange and that gives us a prime spot to take one of two perfect Pats choices: S Jabrill Peppers or RB Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey would be a perfect fit for the Patriots’ offense and with Legarrette Blount possibly leaving being an unrestricted free agent, he’d pick up some slack. But we’ll get to Blount later. McCaffrey is extremely versatile being able to line up in the slot, wide out or sidecar.
Of course when it comes to versatility, no one fits the description better than Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers. He also played linebacker, cornerback, halfback, wildcat quarterback and receiver while also working special teams on returns for the Big Blue. If there’s anything Belichick loves more than picking apart defenses, it’s versatility and Peppers brings the full package.
In the later rounds we can easily pick up any offseason losses. We need to pick up some tight ends for reassurance and our defense is great but at risk with most of our free agents being defensive linemen.