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New England has been up and down since the departure of Tom Brady in 2020. They have only had one winning season, and are now looking like a rebuild is on the horizon. Head Coach Bill Belichick has broken tendency the last couple of drafts and I don’t think that stops here.
Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Cody Muach, Tackle, North Dakota State
The Patriots lost their most productive receiver in Jakobi Meyers to their former offensive coordinator, now Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels. They should look to replace his production with a player who is more explosive and has the potential to be a number one in the league.
Quentin Johnston is a 6’4” beast of an athlete that can make plays after the catch. The Patriots need to push this offense into the 21st century and getting a true dynamic target for Mac Jones would bode well for them.
Also, Jones was absolutely harassed in 2022 to the tune of 41 sacks allowed. The Patriots have historically had good offensive line play and Belichick seems to always get great play out of late round guys. Cody Muach out of NDSU fits that mold to a tee. He is tight end convert who plays with fluid feet and hands. His time as a tight end translates well as he is athletic enough to stay with speed rushers, and quick enough to pull on run plays.
The one thing that is a constant in football is: The Duke and Bill Belichick love defense.
With that being the case the Pats should look into replenishing their defensive back end. One guy that fits the mold of a “Belichick Guy” is Kelee Ringo. Ringo is a good coverage corner who plays well in zone or man. He never ducks a chance to make a tackle and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. After the retirement of long time defensive back Devin McCourty, the Patriots need to find a new young leader. Ringo can come in a fill that void from day one.
The “Patriot Way” may be changing but this draft will still have Belichick’s stamp all over it. If they hope to keep pace in the ascending AFC East they will need to make the most of this year’s draft class, and I believe they will.