Welcome to the latest team overview article! The team overview is a series of articles that goes through a team’s draft and offseason. In this Article I will be giving a Draft Grade and overall offseason grade for the New England Patriots. I will be going through every NFL team one at a time until I get through all of the teams.
Go to 3:05 in the broadcast to hear my thoughts.
We will start with the offseason. The Patriots key additions included resigning Safety Devin McCourty as well as giving a franchise tag to G Joe Thuney. The Patriots lost a lot of veteran starters this offseason. The Greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers this offseason. Brady has been the starter for the Patriots for almost two decades! Brady has 6 championships and has not been on any other team before. That is a big loss for the Patriots. There are many more losses which we will get to. The Patriots lost veteran LB Kyle Van Noy as he signed with the Division Rival Dolphins. Van Noy was one of three Patriots that signed with the Dolphins. Center Ted Karras and Linebacker Elandon Roberts also signed there. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was a former linebacker’s coach in New England, so he is familiar with the Patriot players. That is why you see many former Patriots sign with the Dolphins. Another former Patriots coach that likes to bring in his former players is Matt Patricia with the Lions. The former Patriots defensive coordinator-turned Lions head coach picked up two defensive playmakers from the Patriots. The Lions picked up DT Danny Shelton and LB Jamie Collins. The Patriots also lost WR Phillip Dorsett during free agency as he signed with the Seahawks. The Patriots also lost fullback James Devlin to retirement. The Patriots had many more losses than additions this offseason.
We now move on to the Draft. The Patriots made 10 selections. Team needs included: WR, TE, EDGE, and Safety. The Patriots grabbed those positions throughout the whole draft process. Here all the Patriots picks from the 2020 NFL Draft:
· Round 2 (No. 37 overall): S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
· Round 2 (No. 60): EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan
· Round 3 (No. 87): EDGE Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
· Round 3 (No. 91): TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA
· Round 3 (No. 101): TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
· Round 5 (No. 159): K Justin Rohrwasser, Marshall
· Round 5 (No. 182): G Michael Onwenu, Michigan
· Round 6 (No. 195): OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest
· Round 6 (No. 204): LB Cassh Maluia, Wyoming
· Round 7 (No. 230): C Dustin Woodard, Memphis
The Patriots needed a lot of help getting weapons because of all the talent that they lost during the offseason. Many people say, and I agree, that the Patriots had one of the worst drafts in the NFL. They took the players that fit their needs, but a lot of people think the Patriots could’ve gotten players that are better than who they ended up getting. The Patriots originally had a first round pick but traded out of the first round with the LA Chargers. In round two, the Patriots drafted S Kyle Dugger. Dugger went to a small school in Lenoir-Rhyne, which is in North Carolina. Dugger was the second safety taken in the draft. Dugger had a great game in the senior bowl which raised his draft stock tremendously. Then the Patriots took Joshua Uche out of Michigan. In my opinion this was the best pick the Patriots made in this draft. The Patriots have a lot of history having Michigan players on their team. Patriots players that went to Michigan include Chase Winovich and now former Patriot Tom Brady. The Patriots grab a second EDGE in the draft with Anfernee Jennings out of Alabama. If Jennings can stay healthy, he can be a very good player. The Patriots grab another player to fill a need. They draft TE Devin Asiasi, out of UCLA in the third round. While many people think Asiasi should not have been the pick, the Patriots thought it was the right choice. Experts believe that they had better options on the board, especially at TE. The Patriots take another Round three Tight End. Dalton Keene out of Virginia Tech. Dalton Keene played 38 out of his 39 career games. The Patriots did not have a 4th round pick. In round five however, the Patriots had two. With their first pick in round five, the Patriots took K Justin Rohrwasser from Marshall. With their second pick in round five, the Patriots took G Michael Onwenu from Michigan. As I mentioned earlier, the Patriots have/have had many players on their roster form Michigan. This is Michigan draft pick number two of this year’s draft. The Pats take OT Justin Herron out of Wake Forest. The Pats get some more offensive line help with this pick. Then the Patriots go Linebacker. As I mentioned before, the Patriots lost defensive leader Kyle Van Noy this past offseason. They grab a linebacker here in Cassh Maluia from Wyoming. With their last pick in the draft, the Patriots grab one last offensive lineman in C Dustin Woodard from Memphis.
Draft Grade: C-
As I mentioned earlier, the Patriots could’ve gotten better players which is why I’m giving them this low of a grade
Overall Offseason Grade: D+
I give the Pats this grade because of how many players they lost. Also because of how many replacements they must find.
Record Prediction: 6-10
The Patriots are far and away the hardest team to predict the schedule for. It is very hard to tell how good the Patriots will do.
Place in Division: 3rd
As I said before, the Patriots are a hard team to predict the schedule for.
Second- year quarterback Jarrett Stidham will be the starting QB come the start of the season. Stidham was a 4th round pick in last years draft coming out of Auburn. Stidham will now be the face of the Patriots. Stidham, who has only played a few snaps in his career, will now have a lot of responsibilities. Obviously, you cant replace Tom Brady, and I am positive that the Patriots aren’t expecting to see a Brady from Stidham. We have never seen anything from Stidham. Stidham could turn out very good or end up as a big bust. That’s why I said that the Pats schedule was the hardest to Predict. Stidham has been with the Pats for a year now so maybe he has gotten used to the Pats system. It also could be the case where Stidham fits terribly in the Belichick system. I am very exited to see how the Patriots will do next season.