Re-Grading the Patriots' 2023 Draft Class After Rookie Seasons

How did New England's rookies perform last year? Here's a look at how the Patriots' 2023 draft class is re-graded following Year 1.
Re-grading the Patriots' 2023 draft class.
Re-grading the Patriots' 2023 draft class. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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P Bryce Baringer (6, Pick 192): F

The Patriots decided to return to the special teams in Round 6, adding punter Bryce Baringer after a promising run at Michigan State. The good news is that the former Spartan didn't have many issues transitioning to the NFL level.

Baringer suited up in each of New England's 17 games, averaging 46.9 yards on 98 punts. Eight of his attempts resulted in touchbacks while 38.8% of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line. The opposition only averaged 4.5 return yards on his punts, highlighting his ability to put foes in unfavorable positions.

If Baringer continues his strong play, there isn't a reason to believe that he won't be a key part of the Patriots' special teams going forward. His leg is the perfect mix of accuracy and power, setting him up for a promising professional career.

WR Demario Douglas (6, Pick 210): B+

Unlike Boutte, Demario Douglas was a late-round wideout who looks like he'll pan out for the Patriots. In a year when New England's WR room was its biggest weak spot, the ex-Liberty Flame stepped up.

Douglas' performance wasn't the most explosive, but he still led all Patriots WRs in receptions (49) and receiving yards (561). He finished his first NFL campaign without a touchdown but still left his mark with four 50-yard performances — including a career-high of 84 in Week 10.

Hopefully, the Patriots draft the perfect franchise QB to pair alongside Douglas. He isn't the biggest wide receiver but his speed and reliability make him the perfect option to use in the slot for years to come.