The New England Patriots didn’t exactly earn a ton of glowing draft grades on the first two days of the draft. While they filled holes on the offensive line and at wide receiver, some draft opinionists believed that the selections of Cole Strange in the first and Tyquan Thornton in the second were slight reaches.
Bill Belichick continued to throw caution to the wing, grabbing another undersized defensive back early on Day 3 while beefing up the offensive backfield and offensive line. Outside of adding a linebacker, Belichick addressed many of the critical issues this roster has.
While South Carolina’s Kevin Harris and Cliff Harris Award winner Sam Roberts might have been fair value for the sixth round, Belichick’s best picks came earlier in the day. The Pats mastermind has made a habit of cleaning up in this area of the draft, and this year was no exception.
Patriots fans should take solace in these three selections made between the fourth and seventh rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. While the Strange pick is still questionable, Belichick and the rest of the front office have redeemed themselves with a fantastic showing in
3 players the New England Patriots stole on Day 3
1. CB Jack Jones, Arizona State
The Patriots are no stranger to taking gambles on players with some off-field concerns, and Jones’ burglary arrest in college and subsequent transfer certainly qualify. If the Patriots can look past that, they should feel very pleased with the fact that an elite Pac-12 corner fell to them.
Though he is listed at just 171 pounds and lacks the elite long speed that most smaller cornerbacks have, Belichick could get him turned around if Jones can beef up. From a technical point of view, Jones is the type of player that often thrives in Belichick’s offense when given tons of slot reps.
Jack Jones could be a feisty cornerback for the New England Patriots.
Jones is a fluid athlete with exceptional lateral movement skills. Even against bigger receivers, Jones was knocking passes away and creating turnovers. Between this Sun Devil and their brand new Cougar from the third round, the Patriots are taking a huge risk and betting on the technique of these two youngsters.
Jack and Marcus Jones should fight with each other for snaps in New England’s packages with five or six defensive backs. Getting more physical will be critical, but he was holding his own against some of the Pac-12’s best. Corners like that don’t often end up in the fourth round.