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New England Patriots 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New England Patriots from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Patriots:

Rotoworld - Thor Nystrom (8/21)

25. Jaylen Twyman, IDL, Pittsburgh

Twyman was a revelation last year, earning Second-Team All-American honors after piling up 10.5 sacks. He's not a human boulder in the mold of Vince Wilfork or Danny Shelton, but Twyman is a handful, with quick feet and a deep bag of pass-rushing moves.

PFF - Mike Renner (8/19)

20. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

It had to be done. Even though the Pats drafted two tight ends in the third-round this past season, neither can hold a candle to Freiermuth. The massive 6-foot-5, 260-pound Freiermuth has defenders bounce off him routinely. He broke nine tackles on 43 catches last season.

The Draft Network - Kyle Crabbs (8/19)

27. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Uh, what? The Patriots just sank two third-round picks into tight ends. Another one? Yes, because neither Devin Asiasi or Dalton Keene are known as "Baby Gronk." Freiermuth gives the Patriots their next great in-line threat and receiving target, whereas Keene can be a Swiss army knife for the offense and Asiasi can be the complimentary receiver who isn't charged with spending so much time with his hand in the dirt. The Patriots need better weapons, period, and few teams get more out of tight ends.

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New England Patriots 53-Man Roster Projections

NFL franchises need to cut their current roster to 53 players by September 5th at 4:00 p.m. ET.

With NFL training camps opening up, we will track 53-man roster projections for the New England Patriots from various local beat writers.

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2020 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New England Patriots rank in terms of average, best and worst in our consensus Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings:

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

There you have it: The Patriots have shown us their quarterback plan and it's Jarrett Stidham (and Brian Hoyer). No veteran additions, no highly drafted rookies. (And somehow, this plan didn't change our thoughts about the Patriots, who, despite a massive fall after Brady's departure, remain steady at No. 17 since our post-free agency rankings.)

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

This team clearly looks to be in rebuild mode. They had a lot of draft picks and much of them looked like down-the-road players. Can Jarrett Stidham play?

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New England Patriots: 2020 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Patriots in 2020.

WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sept. 13vs. Miami Dolphins1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 2Sun., Sept. 20at Seattle Seahawks8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 3Sun., Sept. 27vs. Las Vegas Raiders1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 4at Kansas City Chiefs4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 5Sun., Oct. 11vs. Denver Broncos1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 6BYE
Week 7Sun., Oct. 25vs. San Francisco 49ers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 8Sun., Nov. 1at Buffalo Bills1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 9Mon., Nov. 9at New York Jets8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 15vs. Baltimore Ravens8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 11Sun., Nov. 22at Houston Texans1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 12Sun., Nov. 29vs. Arizona Cardinals1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 13Sun., Dec. 6at Los Angeles Chargers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 14Thu., Dec. 10at Los Angeles Rams8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 15Sun., Dec. 20at Miami Dolphins1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 16Mon., Dec. 28vs. Buffalo Bills8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Jan. 3vs. New York Jets1:00 PM / Tickets

The New England Patriots have the most difficult schedule based on the record of last year's opponents (2020 NFL strength of schedule).

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New England Patriots - 2020 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2020 NFL Draft picks selected by the New England Patriots.

237Kyle DuggerSLenoir-Rhyne
260Josh UcheLBMichigan
387Anfernee JenningsEDGEAlabama
391Devin AsiasiTEUCLA
3101Dalton KeeneTEVirginia Tech
5159Justin RohrwasserKMarshall
6182Mike OnwenuGMichigan
6195Justin HerronGWake Forest
6204Cassh MaluiaLBWyoming
7230Dustin WoodardCMemphis

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Taking an average of the fantasy football points allowed in 2019 by every team's 2020 opponents, we have an idea of how easy or difficult the upcoming schedule is for each team's position groups for the 2020 season.

Below is where the New England Patriots rank in 2019 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule:

Pos.Avg. (Rank)Playoffs (Rank)Full SOS grids
QB15.75 (19)50 (19)2020 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule
RB17.63 (14)58.73 (10)2020 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule
WR20 (24)65.43 (18)2020 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule
TE6.97 (16)20.86 (23)2020 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule
Average = per game average allowed by 2020 opponents for Weeks 1 to 16.
Playoffs = sum of averages for opponents in Weeks 14 to 16.

MORE: Weekly breakdown of New England Patriots Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule

New England Patriots Fantasy Football Projections

Not only do we have fantasy football projections by positions, we have team-by-team fantasy projections as well.

Here are our projections for the New England Patriots running backs for the 2020 NFL season:

James White67.12651.6859.4525.74.16114.11
Perennially undervalued in fantasy drafts, it was White, not Sony Michel, that has led the Patriots running backs in fantasy scoring in both of Michel's first two seasons. One of the league's best pass-catching backs, White has more than 70 catches in back-to-back seasons and that trend could continue in 2020 given the team's relatively weak group of pass-catchers.
Sony Michel143557.73.586.347.90.1983.18
With Tom Brady now in Tampa, perhaps the Patriots rely more heavily on the ground game, but Michel's lack of involvement as a receiver make him a TD-or-bust weekly option. Ending the year as the RB28 in half-PPR formats, Michel finished as a weekly top-18 back only twice last year.
Damien Harris105.6411.82.117.455.50.2260.71
A third-round pick in 2019, Harris managed only four carries for 12 yards in two games last season. As difficult as it is to decypher how this coaching staff will allocate touches to the team's running backs, Harris carries with him some sleeper appeal into the 2020 season. That said, a hand injury puts his Week 1 status in jeopardy.
Rex Burkhead44180.41.3215.5136.40.8144.46
Burkhead averaged a little more than seven touches (7.08) per game and 44.7 scrimmage yards per game last season. When the backfield is at full strength, Burkhead's 2020 usage rate is unlikely to exceed his 2019 rate.

MORE: See our full New England Patriots Fantasy Football Projections

New England Patriots Fantasy Football ADPs

When it comes time to draft our fantasy football teams, it's helpful to know where players are typically being selected in fantasy football drafts.

As we approach the 2020 NFL season, the tool that helps us understand where players are being selected, on average, is fantasy football average draft position (ADP).

Using data from Fantasy Football Calculator, we have set up pages for all fantasy-relevant players that depicts their current trends in standard-scoring and PPR-scoring ADPs.

The chart below displays the Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) movement over the past 30 days for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman in 12-team standard-scoring formats.

Julian Edelman Average Draft Position

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New England Patriots Stats

The franchise statistical leaders for the New England Patriots are listed in the table below:

Statistical CategoryLeader
Passing YardageTom Brady - 74,571
Rushing YardageSam Cunningham - 5,453
Receiving YardageStanley Morgan - 10,352
SacksAndre Tippett - 100
InterceptionsRaymond Clayborn - 36
Ty Law - 36
Coaching WinsBill Belichick - 237

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