3 Potential Busts the Patriots Must Avoid With No. 3 Pick

The New England Patriots have the No. 3 overall pick in 2024 but need to avoid these three prospects

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2. Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Out of all the prospects in this short list, none have the upside that Amarius Mims possesses. A tank of a human being at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, Mims can be a long-time starter at offensive tackle in the NFL. In fact, he could end up being an elite player.

The problem is that he's still very unproven. Mims is being called a one-year starter but even that's a stretch. He has fewer than 10 starts in his career and while he was impressive when in the field, an injury in 2023 kept him from putting out a full year of film. To his credit, that seems to be the one major concern, at least according to Damien Parson of The Draft Network.

"The biggest concern with Mims is the lack of starting experience and reps. After seeing more snaps toward the end of 2022, Mims was set to start all of 2023 but battled a nagging injury. His ceiling is high but it could take some time to get there. Patience through the process will be key." - Parson, The Draft Network

Some team will take a chance on Mims and they might be proven brilliant for making the move. But the Patriots don't have the luxury of using their top draft pick on a player who needs time. This is a franchise used to winning and they need to try and turn the corner in a hurry. That's why they need to look for someone who will contribute right away.