Thursday, May 9, 2024

Way-too-early New England Patriots 2025 NFL mock draft roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2025 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:

Fox Sports - Rob Rang (5/3)

2. Travis Hunter, CB/WR, Colorado

A flashy dual-threat athlete whose playmaking ability is reminiscent of his Colorado head coach Deion Sanders, Hunter has the pure cover skills and soft hands to star wherever his future NFL teams most needs help.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (5/2)

3. Will Campbell, OT, LSU

The Patriots' starting left tackle this season will likely be Chukwuma Okorafor. He's on a one-year deal, meaning New England should be searching for a long-term solution to protect the blind side of Drake Maye. Campbell is a technician who plays with poise, displaying the foot quickness and balance to mirror and match defenders in pass protection. He has played only left tackle during his career at LSU (1,625 total snaps) and didn't allow any sacks last season.

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San Diego Union-Tribune - Eddie Brown (5/2)

5. Kelvin Banks Jr., OT, Texas

First you draft a QB (Drake Maye), then you fortify his protection and surround him with as many weapons as possible. Like LSU's Campbell, Banks also started at left tackle as a true freshman in 2022 and has excelled ever since.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (4/30)

3. Mason Graham, IDL, Michigan

It's been tough studying the Michigan defense without your eyes being drawn to No. 55 at defensive tackle because of his consistent disruption. Graham is explosive off the ball with powerful hands and an unmatched motor to disrupt backfield action.

PFF - Max Chadwick (4/29)

2. Will Campbell, OT, LSU

The Patriots threw multiple darts at the 2024 offensive line class, but they currently lack a franchise left tackle. LSU's Will Campbell appears fully capable of filling that void. He has posted an 82.2 overall grade across his first two seasons in Baton Rouge.

The 33rd Team - Marcus Mosher (4/29)

1. James Pearce Jr., EDGE, Tennessee

James Pearce Jr. had a monster sophomore season, racking up 14.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. He has a really good chance to be the first defensive player off the board next April. In a relatively weak quarterback class, seeing a pass rusher picked at No. 1 wouldn't be a surprise.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (4/28)

2. Travis Hunter, CB/WR, Colorado

A cornerback has never been taken this early in the draft. Hunter, of course, is not merely a cornerback. College football's premier two-way player should be a highly sought-after prospect on either side of the ball.

As a receiver, he could be the spark that Eliot Wolf has sought for the offense but was unable to provide for Maye in building out the supporting cast. But his other-worldly ball skills could also come in handy on defense, where he could prompt opposing quarterbacks to stay away from his side of the field entirely. If Hunter is able to focus on developing at one position — and stay fresh by actually coming off the field every now and then — he could be in for astronomical growth. No matter where he ends up, Wolf and Jerod Mayo would likely be overjoyed to incorporate playmaking talent.

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