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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CB Ameer Speed (6, Pick 214): N/A

It's hard to grade Ameer Speed considering that he didn't even finish his rookie campaign in New England. The ex-Michigan State Spartan only played five games with the Patriots until they decided to waive him, resulting in his being claimed by the Indianapolis Colts toward the end of October.

Between the Patriots and Colts, Speed didn't accomplish much. He only registered eight solo tackles and one last yardage tackle on a total of 12 defensive snaps, spending the majority of the year on special teams (227 snaps). His 60.0 coverage grade during that small sample size shows that he has a lot of room for improvement.

Nevertheless, it doesn't make much sense to grade Speed now that he's no longer with the Patriots.

CB Isaiah Bolden (7, Pick 245): N/A

Patriots fans didn't see much of Isiah Bolden in his rookie season, but that was for a completely different reason. The Tampa, FL native's season came to an end when he was left immobilized after making a tackling attempt during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He was placed on the injured reserve at the end of August and didn't play a regular-season game.

As scary as the incident was, the good news is that Bolden should be back on the gridiron this summer. Back in January, the 24-year-old CB took to social media to reveal that'll be "100% cleared" for training camp.

Bolden was solid during the preseason up until his injury, so let's hope for a full year of full health. He has the tools to be a rotational piece in the secondary and on special teams going forward.

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