How will the Patriots use their picks in the 2019 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.

By Michael Shapiro
April 25, 2019

The reigning Super Bowl champions will be on the clock with the final pick in the first round on Thursday. New England defeated the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII, landing the 32nd selection for the sixth time in the Brady-Belichick era.

The Patriots had two first-round picks in 2018. They selected Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn with the No. 23 pick and Georgia running back Sony Michel with the No. 31 pick. Wynn missed the entire 2018 season with a torn achilles while Michel tallied 981 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns.   

How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.

Here's the full list of picks the Patriots hold in the 2019 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.

Patriots picks:

Round 1, Pick 32:

N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Andy Benoit's grade: A-

Harry often played inside at Arizona State, but he does not at all fit the profile of a Patriots slot receiver and will almost certainly take most of his snaps outside. He’s a big target who can win on 50/50 balls, be it downfield or especially on in-breaking routes. His most likely role will be that of an X-receiver, which, it’s worth noting, is where the suspended Josh Gordon plays. By picking Harry, the Patriots not only avoid having to depend on Gordon (anything the ex-Brown provides moving forward would just be bonus), they also fill a notable area of need.

Round 2, Pick 13 (No. 45 overall): Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

Andy Benoit's grade: C

The Patriots draft a cover corner in the second round almost every year. With J.C. Jackson emerging as a stellar No. 2 opposite All-Pro Stephon Gilmore, they have no immediate need here, especially given that Patrick Chung often mans the slot. It’s too early to dump 2018 second-rounder Duke Dawson and there’s a lot to like about undrafted fourth-year pro Jonathan Jones, who surprisingly moved to safety in the Super Bowl. Bill Belichick must simply love Williams, because the Pats don’t NEED him and may not even have an active roster spot for him on some Sundays this year. It's worth noting that The MMQB's Albert Breer mocked Williams to the Patriots, saying "Bill Belichick is always looking ahead, and he mentioned in his pre-draft press conference the need to match up with bigger receivers and athletic tight ends." That could be Williams's role in the future

Round 3, Pick 13 (No. 77 overall): Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

Andy Benoit's grade: A-

He has stellar physical traits, and his effort and fundamentals (which can be honed) fit well in a Patriots scheme that emphasizes setting the edge and finishing pass rushers late in the down.

Round 3, Pick 22 (No. 87 overall): Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Andy Benoit's grade: C

This one is a little surprising, as Harris figures to be more of a first- and second-down back, which is precisely what last year’s first-round pick, Sony Michel, is for this team. James White and Rex Burkhead are also under contract to 2021. Still, Harris is a productive player from a storied program, so you can’t outright rip the decision.

Round 3, Pick 37 (No. 101 overall): Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia

Andy Benoit's grade: C+

With no proven backup tackles on the roster, the Patriots decided they’d develop one. Cajuste is a project, but offensive line coach Dante Scarnechia, at this point, is viewed as a wizard.

Round 4, Pick 16 (No. 118 overall): Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas

Round 4, Pick 31 (No. 133 overall): Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

Round 5, Pick 21 (No. 159 overall): Byron Cowart, DT, Maryland

Round 5, Pick 25 (No. 163 overall): Jake Bailey, P, Stanford

Round 7, Pick 38 (No. 252 overall): Ken Webster, CB, Ole Miss

See every NFL team's 2019 picks by clicking the links below. 

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