Patriots Dream Draft 2018

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Paraphrasing John W. Creasy from “Man on Fire”: I wish I had more time.

Not enough time to read player analysis. Not enough time to watch game cut-ups. Not enough time to cross-reference mock draft after mock draft.

Yet somehow I assembled a mock draft for the Patriots.

The Patriots’ selections probably won’t be the same as what they start with (that 31st selection is very attractive to teams that want to jump back into the first round), but I won’t project trades.

Based on my research, this is who I hope the Patriots come away with through their first six round selection:

Rd. 1, 23 overall: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Let’s be honest: Dont’a Hightower is great but is hurt a lot and Elandon Roberts isn’t that good. While Harvey Langi and Kyle van Noy were good reclamations, the depth questionable and needs better talent.

Rd. 1, 31 overall: OT Connor Williams, Texas

Many analysts view UCLA’s Kolton Miller a perfect fit for New England because of his similarities to former Pat Nate Solder. But the line could use the nastiness that Williams brings. Bonus points if Williams can learn to play guard as well.

Rd. 2, 43 overall: QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

I didn’t want to go with the so-called Jimmy Garoppolo clone, but Lauletta’s mobility over the other available quarterbacks is the deciding factor for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ new project.

Rd. 2, 63 overall: DE/LB Dorance Armstrong, Kansas

Armstrong played DE at Kansas, but tested well in the agility drills at the combine, suggesting he has the change of direction to switch to linebacker. The Patriots will love Armstrong’s motor.

Rd. 3, 95 overall: TE/RB Jaylen Samuels, NC State

The ‘tweener, if used properly, will cause opponents nightmares. Samuels can line up almost anywhere on offense. New England will have a fun time creating mismatches for Samuels to exploit.

Rd. 6, 195 overall: RB Chase Edmonds, Fordham

New England lost Dion Lewis to Tennessee, but find a player to develop in Lewis’ image. The Fordham Ram juked and darted his way through the Patriot League. We’ll see if he can continue to do so against better competition.

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