The New England Patriots have a few noticeable requires in the 2022 NFL draft: cornerback, linebacker and guard. And nevertheless draft analysts cannot help but pair Invoice Belichick’s workforce with a receiver prospect.
Thinking about they’re paying out the 3rd most at the receiver place between all NFL groups, wideout could not seem like one particular of their top requirements. But they are obviously nonetheless missing in expertise, even following buying receiver DeVante Parker in a trade. In 2023, the Patriots are also slated to see Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and N’Keal Harry hit free of charge company. That unsure existing and long run are what can make a prospect like Alabama receiver Jameson Williams so suitable for New England.
“Obviously, Jameson Williams would be a house-operate choose,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah informed reporters this week. “That would be any person they would have good data on with Nick (Saban)’s relationship there to Invoice (Belichick). That to me would be a entertaining a single.”
Williams tore his ACL in January at the finish of a monster time: 79 catches for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. If not for that harm in January, he would be the WR1 in this draft class. And that is why he has not slipped out of the very first spherical, even if he will skip at the very least the very first fifty percent of 2023 — and it’s possible all of the period.
If Williams is gone at 21st all round — and many anticipate him to be — the Patriots could go for a suit on defense.
“If you want to communicate about a true playmaker on protection, I know linebacker — off-the-ball linebacker — has been a very little bit undervalued recently. But, gentleman, Devin Lloyd, for all the unique issues he can do, he kind of just feels like a Patriot-sort player with the sizing, the duration, the versatility, the intelligence, the management. All that stuff type of screams Patriot to me,” Jeremiah said.
Lloyd, who at instances reminds me of a lanky version of Jamie Collins, was a receiver at Utah prior to changing to receiver. His transition has been really darn productive, with 111 tackles, 8 sacks and two interceptions in 2021. He’s a three-down linebacker that can perform on the within and outside.
“Those are sort of a few illustrations,” Jeremiah claimed. “But I just consider, once again, faster, additional dynamic, more explosive has acquired to be an area they’ve obtained to glance at in this draft.”
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