New England Patriots 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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New England Patriots Post-Draft Team Guide

Everyone, meet the new New England Patriots. They’re in many ways the same as the old New England Patriots. But it is the ways in which this year’s Patriots team is different from the past that makes them one of the most fascinating teams in all of football. 

The Patriots found their wallet this year in free agency, handing out an unprecedented amount of money relative to the team’s spending habits in free agency over the last decade. This is a team that is clearly ready to climb back into the thick of the playoff race and, given the Buffalo Bills’ evolution and the emergence of the Miami Dolphins in 2020, the upgrades were much needed. 

Is the revamped effort enough to push the Patriots back into prominence? Let’s take a look back at their 2021 NFL Draft class to see what gaps the team was able to fill via this year’s draft.

Round 1: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.