If you think the Patriots have had a wild offseason since NFL free agency began, just wait until they’re on the clock in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Pick Nos. 43, 63 and No. 95 give the Patriots a ton of flexibility. For their top second-rounder, of the players mentioned above, Rudolph and Hubbard are most likely to be available. Stanford safety Justin Reid, South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert and Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington also would be solid picks.
The Patriots of late have not gotten much of an impact from the draft, as they haven’t had the necessary picks to manipulate the board exactly how Belichick would like. They wield that great power now, and everyone knows it comes with great responsibility. Don’t expect anything less than amazing when we look back on this transition class for New England five years or so later.
The report stated that the Bills and Saints have also shown interest, but New Orleans just signed ex-Bear Cameron Meredith and Buffalo doesn’t seem to interest Bryant.
Bryant has just 150 receptions over the last three seasons. He has not had over 900 yards during that time, either, while scoring just 17 touchdowns. He averaged over 90 receptions for over 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns the previous three seasons.
The Ravens haven’t had much luck with veteran receivers in recent seasons, but Bryant may just need a change of scenery to rediscover his best form.
With the 2018 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, the first-round picture remains as murky as ever. The first overall pick is still included in trade discussions, and even if the Browns stay put, the discussion moves to the draft’s two best quarterbacks.
Add the flurry of trade talks, and this class is set to be one of the most intriguing in recent history.