Sunday, May 8, 2022

New England Patriots 2023 Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New England Patriots from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Patriots:

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/3)

15. B.J. Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

The younger brother of Azeez Ojulari (and the better prospect, according to some), Ojulari is a tough athlete to block off the edge. He led the Tigers in sacks last season and could be one of the best players in the SEC in 2022 if he takes the next step in his development.

Draft Wire - Luke Easterling (5/3)

15. B.J. Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

Matthew Judon is an impact player off the edge, but the Pats need a similar presence on the other side of the defensive front. Ojulari racked up seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2021, and is primed for even more this year.

Fox Sports - Jason McIntyre (5/3)

16. Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

The twitch and the bend are there, but Smith will have to add some weight to his 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame to jump into the top 10.

PFF - Michael Renner (5/2)

15. Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

There's little doubt in my mind that Bill Belichick would love to be the one to select the highest-drafted service academy player since Mike Wahle was a second-round supplemental pick in 1998 (Belichick's father, Steve, was a scout at Navy for 33 years). Carter has that kind of talent at 6-foot-7, 260 pounds. He broke out in a big way as a junior last year with a 93.4 pass-rushing grade.

CBS - Ryan Wilson (5/2)

16. Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

Yep, that's Penei's brother, and yep, he plays exactly like you might imagine except instead he's manning the linebacker position.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (4/30)

15. Jordan Addison, WR, Pittsburgh

If Mac Jones is going to fully develop in New England, he has to be supported with better weapons at receiver. Addison is a three-level threat that collected 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2021.

The 33rd Team - Michael Schottey (4/30)

14. Malachi Moore, CB, Alabama

He didn't have the best sophomore year last season, but he's a premier athlete in the middle of a really good defense. He can play multiple positions at may end up as more of a nickel defender at the next level, because he's loose and fluid enough to stay in man coverage, but also has burgeoning ball skills with the ball ahead of him. The ‘Bama-to-New England pipeline stays strong.

Pro Football Network - Cam Mellor (4/30)

14. Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

The Georgia defense was historic in the 2021 season. After depleting their roster via the 2022 NFL Draft, Nolan Smith returns with Jalen Carter to anchor the defensive front. Smith has been a lock for first-round consideration since he was a five-star high school football prospect.

He's demonstrated that was no lofty expectation for him throughout his two years so far -- he has great speed and plenty of bend to get around the edge. He can rush with his hand in the dirt or as an off-ball linebacker, allowing the New England Patriots to deploy him from several alignments.

Barstool Sports - Steven Cheah (4/30)

15. Justin Rogers, IDL, Kentucky

The Pats get a big run stuffer from Kentucky in Rogers who helps them get back to their roots on D.

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