Recent Patriots Draft Pick Already Walking Away From NFL

Ernie Adams' last-ever draft pick for the New England Patriots officially announced his retirement.
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Before Ernie Adams officially retired following the 2021 NFL Draft, he selected wide receiver Tre Nixon in the seventh round, his last-ever draft pick for the New England Patriots. The 242nd-overall pick chose to wear Rob Gronkowski's No. 87 jersey, the first player to do so after the iconic tight end. Unfortunately, Nixon never made an NFL appearance with the Patriots.

On Monday, Nixon announced his retirement from football via Instagram. He had spent the last three seasons with the Patriots and was most recently waived and reverted to injured reserve for the 2023 campaign.

"Football has been a huge part of my life for the past 20 years. I’ll forever cherish the memories and relationships I’ve made while playing this game. I am truly grateful for everyone who’s supported me along this journey and I’m excited for what God has in store for me next."

Tre Nixon

Nixon spent his collegiate career at Ole Miss and UCF. He had dealt with a shoulder injury in his senior season, limiting him to four games and potentially preventing him from getting selected earlier in the draft.

The 2021 NFL Draft was a mixed bag for Ernie Adams. The Patriots were able to draft Christian Barmore in the second round and Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth round. The rest of the draftees, including Mac Jones with the 15th-overall pick, didn't quite pan out.

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