New England Patriots: C+

Our final grades for the Patriots' 2017 NFL draft class.
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It’s like if Bill Belichick doesn’t make a trade every other hour, he gets swallowed up by the earth. The Patriots did not have a first- or second-round pick, having dealt them away for Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy, respectively. (For the record, this grade is an A-minus with the return from those trades factored in.) They then moved down from pick 72 to 83, where they took DE Derek Rivers, and up from 96 to 85 for developmental OT Antonio Garcia. Their final two selections: DE Deatrich Wise (No. 131), whom New England will hope can follow in the footsteps of his former Arkansas teammate Trey Flowers; and OT Conor McDermott (No. 211). Rivers and Wise could be effective playmakers early, but it’s obviously a thin class.​ Click here for a complete list of the Patriots’ picks.