The 2022 NFL Draft is on the books and over the past three days the New England Patriots have had the opportunity to improve their team. Starting the week with nine selections following a late-round pick trade with Houston on Monday, the team was well-positioned to meet his needs and attract talent to his current roster.

So how did it go ? Let’s discover and meet the players brought on board.

1-29 OL Cole Strange, Chattanooga: Following a first-round trade, the Patriots decided to make arguably the most surprising selection on Thursday night. Originally slated as a mid-range pick, Strange was New England’s pick at No. 29 and will have an immediate opportunity to earn a starting gig along the interior offensive line. An outstanding athlete with a pro-ready profile and plenty of experience, the 23-year-old will likely be a Day 1 starter at the currently vacant left guard position. | Report | Analysis | Profile

2-50 WR Tyquan Thornton, Baylor: New England moved up the board in the second round to draft Thornton, which allowed the team to add some serious speed to their offense. The Baylor product, after all, was the fastest offensive player in the draft and gives the team a legitimate field expander at wide receiver. Thornton has a few red flags for his size, but he’s an athletically intriguing prospect. | Report | Analysis | Profile

3-85 BC Marcus Jones, Houston: The Patriots and Jones were engaged in active contact during the pre-draft process, and that apparently gave the team the confidence to bring him on board. An exceptionally versatile player who is capable of making an immediate impact as a punter and kickoff returner, the 5-foot-8 Jones projects himself as a future starter at cornerback. | Report | Analysis | Profile

4-121 CB Jack Jones, Arizona State: After a rocky college career, the Patriots used their first pick on Day 3 to bring Jones on board. Spending the past three seasons at Arizona State, he appeared in 25 games and recorded six interceptions and 19 pass deflections, leading the Sun Devils in the latter category. Jones has a history of off-field issues, but he’s a capable cornerback who should compete for playing time on the border right away. | Report | Analysis | Profile

4-127 RB Pierre Strong, State of South Dakota: The second of New England’s fourth-round picks, Strong spent his entire college career at South Dakota State, where he was a highly prolific player. Appearing in 48 games for the Jackrabbits, Strong carried the ball 631 times for 4,527 yards and 40 touchdowns. Additionally, he caught 62 passes for 581 yards and three other scores. | Report | Analysis | Profile

4-137 QB Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky: Zappe is coming off a hugely productive career that included stops at Houston Baptist and Western Kentucky. His only season with the Hilltoppers in 2021 saw him rewrite the FBS record books – he threw for 5,987 and had 62 touchdowns – and enter the draft radar. The 6-foot-0, 215-pound QB projects a developmental backup in New England. | Report | Analysis | Profile

6-183 RB Kevin Harris, South Carolina: A big-body running back at 6-foot-0, 221 pounds, Harris projects as an early runner between tackles at the next level. He is coming off a productive two-year run as the Gamecocks’ RB1, having carried the ball 337 times for 1,619 yards and 19 touchdowns. | Report | Analysis | Profile

6-200 DT Sam Roberts, Northwest State of Missouri: Roberts projects himself as a package-specific depth option along the Patriots’ interior defensive line, having appeared in 50 games during his college career and recording 18.5 sacks. The number that stands out, however, is different: The 24-year-old has blocked five kicks in his career at Northwest Missouri State. | Report | Analysis | Profile

6-210G Chasen Hines, USL: A well-built inside lineman at 6-foot-3 and 327 pounds, Hines has experience in all three positions. He will compete for a reserve spot behind projected three starters Cole Strange, David Andrews and Michael Onwenu. Based on his draft position, however, Hines will not be guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster during the regular season. | Report | Analysis | Profile

7-245 OL Andrew Stueber, Michigan: After a five-year career in Ann Arbor that saw him start 22 games, Stueber offers tackle/guard versatility and good size at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds. He becomes the third offensive lineman selected by the Patriots in this year’s draft, and while it’s not guaranteed a spot on the roster should be considered both inside and out. ‘outside. | Report | Analysis | Profile


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