The New England Patriots 2023 draft is history with lots of picks to evaluate and a full draft now completed to grade. This was a critical draft and the question is, did the team improve enough to be a contender in the AFC East?
On Day 2, the team regressed. They reached a bit for Keion White, an edge from Georgia Tech. But after further reflection, White may be a better selection than initially viewed.
White was still a bit of a reach with some observers thinking he was a third-round talent. Others thought he may go in the first round as the NFL did, as well. So on balance, it’s an OK pick.
Picking safety/linebacker Marte Mapu of San Diego State in the third round, however, is a major reach and a very Patriot-like move. He’s primarily a special teamer and was even looked at as a possible non-draftee. It was a poor pick.
On to Day 3.
The New England Patriots Day 3 was uninspiring
On Day 3 the Patriots had a boatload of picks and wound up making nine more selections. The team began drafting at pick 107 with a center/Guard, Jake Andrews from Troy. How can you not like a Patriots center named Andrews?
The team desperately needs a backup center and one with versatility like Andrews, a la Ted Karras is a nice fit. Yet, bleacherreport.com had him projected as a sixth or seventh-round pick.
The selection positionally is just fine, but it’s a definite reach for a player who might very well have been available later on.