New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 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 New England Patriots:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (2/28)

3. Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

As I wrote in my Mock Draft 1.0, quarterback is the Patriots' biggest hole this offseason. The organization can't move forward and get back to competing for AFC East titles until it gets the position right. Mac Jones had a solid rookie season in 2021 but regressed badly the past two seasons; he could be traded or released over the next few months.

So unless New England takes a surprise run at one of the veterans on the market -- Kirk Cousins? Russell Wilson, who is likely to be released? -- Maye makes too much sense. Sure, he's the third passer off the board in this class, but he might be the No. 1 pick in many other drafts. He's No. 5 on my Big Board, has special touch on downfield passes and can deliver every throw with precision.

The Athletic - CFB Writers (2/27)

3. Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Yes, Bill Belichick's successor is a fellow defensive mind, but that doesn't mean Jerod Mayo and the Patriots will feel compelled to stay on that side of the ball with this pick, especially when the unique talent of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels is available. Since Tom Brady's exit, New England's quarterback play has been underwhelming, to say the least. The Patriots roll the dice on Daniels' dual-threat upside and see if he can continue to blossom. — Christopher Kamrani

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the New England Patriots in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Biggest offseason contract to watch: G/T Mike Onwenu

The Patriots rank 32nd in the NFL in pass block win rate (42%), which reflects how building the offensive line will be a top priority, and Onwenu projects to be one of the top linemen available across the NFL. Bill Belichick previously said Onwenu is built to play right guard, but the 2020 sixth-round pick has moved to right tackle in multiple seasons to help the team. In late December, Onwenu relayed: "From my agents, they said there haven't really been much talks. There has been communication, but there haven't been any offers or any contracts that were sent. It's kind of just a waiting game to see how it goes." -- Mike Reiss -- Rank: 30

We still have no clarity on Bill Belichick's status going forward, as he has continued to mostly deflect on that line of questioning. But how to view Bailey Zappe -- regardless of whether Belichick is back in 2024 -- seems pretty clear to me. In a league where 61 quarterbacks have started at least one game this season, it's obvious that having a true starter and a quality backup is important. And to me, Zappe falls more in line with the latter category than the former. He's energized the Patriots since his late-season promotion, giving them a better chance to win close games than Mac Jones did. But Zappe's three-interception game on Sunday revealed some of his limitations as a passer, even if he's not operating in the best environment for any quarterback to thrive. If I am running the Patriots this offseason, with a high draft pick incoming, I am employing whatever means I can to find a star talent at the position and not settling for a caretaker and some lukewarm competition.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC East

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totalled them up.

The AFC East is one of the most competitive divisions in all of football from top to bottom. In fact, only the four AFC North teams are projected to win more games combined than the four AFC East teams in our full-season projections.

See where the Patriots stand in our 2023 AFC East Predictions

2023 Fantasy Football Projections: New England Patriots

Our Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the New England Patriots.

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Mac Jones522.1343.33680.818.813.0548.5116.40.61211.63
Matt Corral36.322.5250.51.20.9815.455.40.3520.5

Mac Jones: Jones missed some time in 2022, so his counting stats were down, but so were his efficiency numbers — 65.2% completion rate (67.6% in 2021), 3.2 TD% (4.2%), 6.8 Y/A (7.3) and 84.8 passer rating (92.5). Things should be better (than last year) with Bill O'Brien taking over the offense, but Jones' upside is relatively limited. Jones isn't draftable outside of two-QB or super flex leagues.

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New England Patriots: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the New England Patriots in 2023.

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Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Philadelphia EaglesL 25-20
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17vs. Miami DolphinsL 24-17
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at New York JetsW 15-10
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1at Dallas CowboysL 38-3
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8vs. New Orleans SaintsL 34-0
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15at Las Vegas RaidersL 21-17
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22vs. Buffalo BillsW 29-25
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Miami DolphinsL 31-17
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Washington CommandersL 20-17
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12vs. Indianapolis ColtsL 10-6
Week 11BYE
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26at New York GiantsL 10-7
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3vs. Los Angeles ChargersL 6-0
Week 14Thu., Dec. 7at Pittsburgh SteelersW 21-18
Week 15Mon., Dec. 18vs. Kansas City ChiefsL 27-17
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24at Denver BroncosW 26-23
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31at Buffalo BillsL 27-21
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7vs. New York JetsL 17-3

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

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New England Patriots - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the New England Patriots.

13Drake MayeQBNorth Carolina
237Ja'Lynn PolkWRWashington
368Caedan WallaceOTPenn State
4103Layden RobinsonGTexas A&M
4110Javon BakerWRUCF
6180Marcellas DialCBSouth Carolina
6193Joe Milton IIIQBTennessee
7231Jaheim BellTEFlorida State

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