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Draft pundits react to Patriots 2022 NFL draft class

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The 2022 NFL Draft is over and while we’re only days away from picking, the grades have already been taken and the New England Patriots will have some explaining to do.

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New England made 10 selections in this year’s draft. On Day 1, the Patriots surprised the world by hiring offensive lineman Cole Strange. Offensive selection continued into Day 2, with New England selecting wide receiver Tyquan Thornton in Round 2. In Round 3, the Pats switched to the other side of the ball and selected defenseman Marcus Jones.

The Patriots made most of their Day 3 selections, picking Jack Jones, Pierre Strong Jr., Bailey Zappe, Kevin Harris, Sam Roberts, Chasen Hines and Andrew Struber in rounds four through seven.

With several picks scratching the heads of the draft pundits, they had a lot to say about the 2022 New England draft class.

While some pundits were puzzled by New England’s draft, some felt the team had done fairly well.

Sports Illustrated’s Connor Orr also gave New England a B-.

“Bill Belichick picked the fastest receiver and running back in the class, signaling an offensive shift that we’ve had a year in the making,” Orr said.

Unfortunately for New England, many pundits thought they had a bad draft. USA Today gave the Patriots a D-.

“I won’t lie I have no idea what the Pats were doing here,” they wrote. “OL Cole Strange is a solid prospect but was easily the most shocking range of the first round. WR Tyquan Thornton has elite speed but he’s more of a track star than a football player right now and made more sense on Day 3. CB Marcus Jones in the third round is the only pick that made sense from a value/team need perspective.

Pro Football Focus gave the Patriots a D, while SB Nation also gave New England a D+.

“Nothing will make you doubt yourself like a draft from the Patriots,” they wrote. “It’s impossible to predict anything. There are times when they do these weird picks like Cole Strange and turn into all-pros, then other times when they burst into flames and we kind of ignore it because of Bill Belichick’s brilliance. However, this was a pretty weak draft. I like Strong’s value, but I’m really confused about picking a fourth-round quarterback as a backup for Mac Jones.

While not as negative as other grades, Pro Football Network felt New England did a poor job drafting for value.

“The Patriots will do things their own way,” they said. “It has always been that way, and few designs have emphasized that more than this one. Cole Strange, Tyquan Thornton and Marcus Jones were all considerable ranges compared to their expected landing spots. But all three have the benefit of potentially being worth the pick.”

“Nonetheless, if we rank by perceived value today, the Patriots get a little beat. Day 3 didn’t help much. Sam Roberts and Chasen Hines were excellent picks late, and Pierre Strong Jr. brings a dynamic element to the RB space. But overall, the Patriots class could have covered more ground.”

Since the minicamp hasn’t started yet, there’s a chance some players may surprise experts. The last time the Patriots called up an offensive guard in the first round, they landed at Logan Mankins. New England also increased their cornerback depth following the departure of JC Jackson.

But right now, fans and pundits alike are wondering what the Patriots thought of the 2022 NFL draft class.

“Nonetheless, if we rank by perceived value today, the Patriots get a little beat. Day 3 didn’t help much. Sam Roberts and Chasen Hines were excellent picks late, and Pierre Strong Jr. brings a dynamic element to the RB space. But overall, the Patriots class could have covered more ground.”

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