It’s time to talk draft New England Patriots fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 15, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
Owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady have built a dynasty together, the likes of which has not been seen in professional football before. How do they do it year after year? They fill their roster with lunch-bucket type of guys who are passionate about football. They draft well. Pay their stars, but not over-pay. And occasionally, bring in a Randy Moss or a Josh Gordon to round out the roster. Look for Brady to be back for another season and the Patriots to make another run at the record books.
2019 draft picks
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*Indicates Compensatory Picks.
- Offensive Tackle
- Tight End
- Defensive Tackle
- Running Back
Expect them to look for an offensive tackle to replace Trent Brown with last year’s number one draft pick Isaiah Wynn, who missed his rookie season because of an Achilles injury. They might also pick up another lineman in the draft as insurance. Gronk may have played his last year and the team will need to find a tight end capable of playing every down.
Defensively, the Patriots did an outstanding job shutting down the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. Still, they’ll need to find a replacement for Trey Flowers, who also left via free agency. They could use a run-stuffing defensive linemen and some competition at safety.
Prospects to watch
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Rock Ya-Sin is easily the best name in the draft. He’s a lock down corner than enjoys physical play. He plays with an attitude that says, “Not in my house.”
Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois
Scharping is a Bilechick kind of guy, not flashy, but hard-working, reliable, dependable, and will give you a solid five-years or more. Scharping can push rushers around the arc. He uses his hands extremely well and has a strong punch. Could play anywhere on the line. Scharping reminds me of Matt Light – back when Light came out of Purdue in 2001.
Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
Willis has an enormous amount of raw talent and untapped potential. He can sink his hips and hold up traffic. He’s incredibly strong at the point. Willis has shown a nice combination of pass-rush moves when asked to pressure up the middle. His off-the-field concerns will likely see him fall later than his talent warrents.
Nate Harvey, LB, East Carolina
Harvey enjoyed a breakout season as a senior at ECU in 2018 after spending the previous year primarily on special teams. As a starting defensive end, Harvey broke The American’s single-season record of 23.0 tackles-for-loss, set by Houston’s Ed Oliver in 2017, and he tied Louisville’s Marcus Smith (2013) for the conference’s single-season record of 14.5 sacks. In addition, Harvey has 59 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Look for him to move to linebacker at the next level.
Players to Watch: S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State; OLB Ben Banogu, TCU; WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma; OLB Jamal Davis, Akron; WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State; WR Deebo Samuel, So. Carolina; TE Irv Smith, Jr., Alabama; and RB Marquis Young, UMass.
CEO: Robert Kraft | Head Coach/GM: Bill Belichick | Offensive Coordinator: Josh McDaniels | Defensive Coordinator: Currently Vacant
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Isaiah Wynn OT | R1 Sony Michel RB | R2 Duke Dawson OG
2017: R3 Derrick Rivers DE | R3 Antonio Garcia OT
2016: R2 Cyrus Jones CB | R3 Joe Thuney OG
2015: R1 Malcolm Brown DT | R2 Jordan Richards DB