February 2, 2022

2022 NFL Draft: New England Patriots 7-Round Mock Draft

The Patriots took their franchise quarterback in Mac Jones during the first round of last year's draft, and he immediately led them to the playoffs. 

However, they were quickly eliminated by the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round. Now, it is time to focus on the draft and build off their rookie quarterback's promising year.

It only took one year of not making the playoffs after Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay for Bill Belichick to lead the Patriots back to the postseason. If they crush this draft, the Patriots may find themselves as Super Bowl contenders once again. 

With all of that being said, let's rebuild the Patriots.

Check out our 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft here.

Round 1, Pick 21: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Chris Olave burst onto the scene in the 2018 Michigan game where he caught two touchdowns and blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown. From there, he would go on to be the most reliable target in the most talented receiver room in the country. 

Olave broke the Ohio State career touchdown reception record this season and is one of the most decorated Buckeyes in the history of the program. Olave would give the Patriots that vertical threat they have been missing for quite some time. While he is a tad undersized, his athleticism to gain separation and at the catch point make him one of the top receivers in this draft. 

If he can add some strength, and learn how to play a little heavier than normal, he has all the potential to be one of the best receivers in the league. 

Round 2, Pick 54: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

New England had one of the better defenses in the NFL last season, but they are not getting younger. 

Harris is a three-year starter for the Tide, and his exceptional athletism and football intelligence will make up for his shortcomings. He is not a great overall tackler and can be overaggressive at the point of contact, which will cause a lot of missed tackles at the NFL level, but those are all things that can be coached. 

Like a lot of Alabama linebackers under Nick Saban, Harris is fast, strong, athletic, and a natural leader. If he can put it all together and improve his play at the point of contact, he can become one of the steals of the draft. 

Round 3, Pick 85: Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee

All the pros in Taylor's game greatly outweigh his cons, but his biggest con is a cause for concern. He is a first-round talent due to his athleticism, balance, and field vision. However, he is easily overwhelmed by stronger receivers and is not a very good tackler. 

He is very fast and can attack the ball as well as anybody. One of the knocks coming into the season was that he was not aggressive enough in man coverage, but he has improved greatly in that area, and he is one of the more aggressive man corners in the draft. 

Round 4, Pick 123: Sterling Weatherford, DB, Miami (OH)

This is a development pick, and although it is not smart to think like this, I always take caution when drafting a MAC player this early in the draft. However, Weatherford is a special talent coming out of Miami (OH). 

He has a lot of tape as a redshirt senior, and the one constant is this dude will knock you out of your shoes. His big frame gives him a lot of power at the point of contact. A lot of times, the biggest knock on big-body defenders is that they do not hit as hard. That is certainly not the case with Weatherford. 

Not only does he hit hard, but he is fast, a good tackler, and is quick to diagnose the play. He does get caught flat-footed at times and will rely on his incredible strength to bail him out at times, but I love everything about his game.

He needs a lot of touching up, as most prospects do, but if hits his potential, we are talking about an All-Pro talent. 

Round 6, Pick 208: Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA

New England can use some depth in their running back room, and one of my main draft philosophies is to use your low-round draft picks on skill player depth.

Brown did not have a lot of production at UCLA as he only ran for 616 yards, but he has a natural nose for the endzone with seven rushing touchdowns this season, and 23 total touchdowns spanning over his career at UCLA and Duke. 

I would like to see him develop as more of a pass-catching back, especially with his 6'1', 200-pound frame. But, he did not get as many reps as you would like. A couple of years in the NFL will certainly do Brown some good. 

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