The New England Patriots were stocked with picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Head coach Bill Belichick, who operates as New England’s general manager, had plenty of resources to right the ship after a disappointing 2022 — a process that will require judicious use of Patriots draft picks.
New England Patriots Draft Picks by Round in 2023
- Round 1, Pick 17 (From PIT)
Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
- Round 2, Pick 46
Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech
- Round 3, Pick 76 (From CAR)
Marte Mapu, S, Sacramento State
- Round 4, Pick 107 (From LAR)
Jake Andrews, G, Troy
- Round 4, Pick 112 (From NYJ)
Chad Ryland, K, Maryland
- Round 4, Pick 117
Sidy Sow, OL, Eastern Michigan
- Round 5, Pick 144
Antonio Mafi, OL, UCLA
- Round 6, Pick 187 (From CAR)
Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
- Round 6, Pick 192
Bryce Baringer, P, Michigan St.
- Round 6, Pick 210*
Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty
- Round 6, Pick 214
Ameer Speed, CB, Michigan State
- Round 7, Pick 245 (From BUF via ATL)
Isaiah Bolden, CB, Jackson State
- Round 1, Pick 17 (From PIT)
How Many Draft Picks Did the Patriots Have In The 2023 NFL Draft?
The Patriots entered the 2023 NFL Draft with 11 picks — many of which were acquired in trades over the past couple of years. They ended up making 12 selections.
New England’s first two draft picks originally belonged to them, but that can’t be said about their third round. The Patriots’ original third-round pick was traded away to the Miami Dolphins in an unusual inter-division trade that worried Dolphins fans about a Wes Welker rerun. However, New England was able to re-acquire a third-round pick in a trade with the Carolina Panthers.
The Patriots’ fifth-round pick was traded away to the Baltimore Ravens for CB Shaun Wade, and their original seventh-round pick was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in a package deal that included QB Jarrett Stidham.
New England’s busiest round of the 2023 NFL Draft came in Round 6. They had their original pick, one compensatory pick, another acquired from the Panthers for CB Stephon Gilmore, and the other from the Raiders in the Jarrett Stidham trade.
New England acquired a seventh-round pick when they traded away TE Jonnu Smith to the Atlanta Falcons, who provided them with the pick they acquired in a trade sending LB Dean Marlowe to the Buffalo Bills.
Who Are the Patriots’ Draft Picks in 2023?
The 2023 NFL Draft saw the Patriots acquire 12 picks. However, it was their initial two selections that garnered a lot of attention.
Christian Gonzalez, their first-round pick, was deemed an ideal match for the Patriots’ defense led by Belichick. Although he was considered a potential top-10 pick, his struggles with certain schemes caused him to fall down the board and land in the hands of a delighted Belichick.
During the second round, the New England team picked Keion White, who was a top edge player in the draft and graduated from Georgia Tech. The Patriots have been facing difficulties in finding a replacement for Chandler Jones and haven’t had an exceptional pass rusher in several years. It’s uncertain if White can become an elite player in his own right, but New England believes that he possesses the abilities to begin his career on a positive note.
The rest of New England’s draft was about adding athletic bodies as depth pieces. Marte Mapu was a surprising selection because he was relatively unknown, but he’s a versatile linebacker-safety hybrid athlete who can be utilized in a variety of ways.
The Patriots added important OL depth with Jake Andrews, Sidy Sow, and Antonio Mafi, but none are guaranteed to be more than a backup anytime soon. Wide receivers Kayshon Boutte and Demario Douglas are both interesting quicker-than-fast slot options who are fighting each other to make the final roster.
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