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Re-grading the Patriots’ haul in the 2017 NFL Draft

The New England Patriots did not have a whole lot of draft funds coming into the 2017 NFL Draft. They experienced offloaded their initial-round decide in the Brandin Cooks offer and had moved out of the second spherical as a aspect of their acquisition of Kony Ealy for the Carolina Panthers.

Increase in the typical transferring and maneuvering that the Patriots do in every draft, and the team only arrived away with 4 whole picks.

It was an unusually gentle haul for the Patriots. In simple fact, it is the fewest picks a Patriots crew has built during Belichick’s tenure in New England. The next-fewest arrived all the way again in 2002 when the Patriots created six selections overall.

On the shiny facet, the Patriots did land a key contributor who bolstered their defensive line en route to consecutive Tremendous Bowl performances. They also bought a stable period out of Cooks and ended up capable to flip him (along with a fourth-spherical choose) for very first and sixth-spherical picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Regretably, they did not strike on their two optimum picks in the 2017 NFL Draft and only escaped the party with a single genuine contributor.

Here is a glimpse back at how the Patriots fared in the ’17 draft and some retrospective grades for their 4-decide on haul.

Patriots 2017 NFL Draft re-grades

Round 3, Pick 83: EDGE Derek Rivers

Rivers flashed a minimal bit of pass rushing upside all through his time with the Patriots, but injuries derailed his vocation. He missed his rookie 2017 season with a torn ACL and skipped the total 2019 year with an additional personal injury. He managed 2.5 sacks in 19 video games with the Patriots in constrained snaps. He’s now with the Texans and will appear to resurrect his job.


Rivers is continue to just 26, so if he can continue to be balanced, he could be able to turn into a stable rotational move rusher. But as for his Patriots occupation, his 4 years with the crew handed fairly quietly. Even more distressing, Chris Godwin went one particular selection immediately after Rivers, so Patriots admirers are likely asking yourself what could have been if they experienced landed him as a substitute of Rivers.

Quality: D

Spherical 3, Select 85: OT Antonio Garcia

Through no fault of his possess, Garcia under no circumstances performed a down for the Patriots. During the preseason of his rookie year, he was put on the NFI listing as a consequence of blood clots in his lungs. He skipped his overall to start with year and was waived the subsequent May.

Right after that, Garcia bounced around the NFL and put in time with the Jets, Colts, and Dolphins but failed to make the 53-man roster of any team. Now, he is with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.

Garcia had a negative hand dealt to him, but there’s no denying that this was a bust select for the Patriots. They obtained practically nothing out of Garcia and picked him just a handful of picks before the likes of Shaquill Griffin, Kenny Golladay, and Jonnu Smith. That tends to make him the worst select of the Patriots’ 2017 draft haul.

Quality: F

Round 4, Decide 131: DL Deatrich Sensible Jr.

Intelligent is clearly the ideal decide that the Patriots manufactured in the ’17 draft. He’s the only 1 of the 4 choices that’s however with the group and he has been a crucial role participant for the squad.

Considering the fact that being drafted, Sensible has performed in 62 games and has created 18 starts off, seven of which came all through the 2020 year. He is a great pass rusher that experienced 14 sacks in his four NFL seasons. He generates a great deal far more heat than the 2.5 sacks he notched previous season reveal, as he had 21 pressures in ’20. He also experienced a profession-large 49 tackles very last yr following bulking up to strengthen as a run defender.

Clever re-signed with the Patriots on a four-year deal well worth $22 million throughout the 2021 NFL offseason. Clearly, Bill Belichick values what he provides to the team’s defensive entrance as a functional, effectively-rounded lineman.

Quality: B+

Spherical 6, Pick 211: OT Conor McDermott

McDermott has carved out a wonderful career for himself as a swing deal with at the NFL degree. The UCLA item has extra a little muscle to his 6-foot-8 body and has been a stable backup for the groups he has performed for.

Unfortunately, those people teams have not integrated the Patriots. McDermott could not crack the 53-gentleman roster for the Patriots to begin the 2017 year and he was instantly claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Expenditures.

McDermott used two-as well as seasons with the Expenses right before he was waived yet again and landed with the New York Jets. McDermott has played 30 video games in the course of his NFL career which includes 15 (1 start out) for the Jets final calendar year.


This quality is a minimal bit elaborate, as McDermott has turn out to be a good NFL player… but not for the Patriots. But total, getting a critical purpose player in Round 6 is under no circumstances a lousy point. It is only poor when that participant bolsters depth on two divisional rivals.

Grade: C+


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