Needs: offensive tackle, cornerback, wide receiver, running back
Second Round (60): Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Another of my favorite player/team fits. A running back in the second round might be a little rich for the Patriots given some of their other needs, but Henry fits the ideal type of back they are looking for. Henry is a hammer in the run game who can wear down defenses or close out games. He does his damage on first and second downs before clearing way for a pass catcher like Dion Lewis. At the next level, Henry will be the product of his offensive line; he isn’t a stop and go athlete and struggles when there is penetration. When he gets going he is near impossible to stop, his size and straight line speed are unparalleled and in an offense that will view him as the fourth or fifth option he can thrive.
Second Round (61): Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
The Patriots have back-to-back picks and need to address their secondary. Last year Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan were terrific, but both are entering the final year of their deals and there’s no guarantee of a repeat performance. Eric Murray just looks like a Patriots player. He plays tough and physical in the run game, sets the edge, is rarely out of position and plays press-coverage at a high level.
Third Round (91): Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
The Patriots have a big need a tackle and address it at the bottom of the third. Kyle Murphy is quick footed tackle, without ideal bulk, but very good length (6-6).
Third Round (96): Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
Bill Belichick goes back to the ex-Nick Saban well to grab another physical corner. Jones has split time at safety, slot corner and outside. At 5-9, Jones is small but stout and is a physical player in the run game with very good instincts.