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The NFL Draft of 2024 is currently in the past. From April 25 to April 27, there was a frenzy of picks that resulted in the selection of 257 players to join the NFL.

Now that the draft has concluded, here is our comprehensive summary of the New England Patriots, along with analysis of each decision the team made over the weekend and a close examination of their first choice.

It’s not too late to obtain the 2024 NFL Draft Guide, which offers extensive scouting reports, draft grades, offseason reports, exclusive advanced data, PFF grades, and much more, if you want to learn more about the players your favorite club selected.

DRAFT PICKS FOR 2024

1 (3): North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye
2 (37): Washington’s WR Ja’Lynn Polk

3 (68): Penn State’s Caedan Wallace, OT
4 (103): Texas A&M’s G Layden Robinson
4 (110): UCF’s WR Javon Baker
6 (180): CB Marcellas Dial, the state of SC
6 (193): Tennessee’s QB Joe Milton III
7 (231): Florida State’s Jaheim Bell, TE
Maye Although the Patriots don’t have the best offensive supporting cast, it would be hard to pass on a quarterback prospect of Maye’s ability at this point. As a true sophomore in 2022, the North Carolina product received an outstanding PFF score; two years later, in 2023, he added another 90.0-plus mark. He possesses exceptional arm skill and demonstrated that he is at ease in the NFL. throws over the middle of the field

 

Polk — The Patriots continue to address their offense by getting No. 3 overall pick Drake Maye a new weapon to throw to. Polk is a quarterback-friendly target who is also a willing and engaged run-blocker. He produced an 82nd-percentile drop rate and a 73rd-percentile contested catch rate in his college career.

Wallace — The Patriots select a player who ranked 142nd on the PFF big board and 186th on the consensus big board. He may be coming off a season that saw him earn a career-high 68.8 PFF grade, but he was solid in pass protection last year, earning a 72.8 pass-blocking grade and allowing just 13 total pressures from 359 pass-blocking snaps.

Robinson — Robinson surrendered only six total sacks across 1,206 career pass-blocking snaps. He saved his best for 2023 when he allowed just one sack all season.

Baker — Baker averaged 3.21 yards per route run in 2023 to rank fourth in this draft class. He can also make plays downfield, averaging 21.9 yards per reception to lead the class.

Dial — New England selects a cornerback with a knack for making plays on the ball. Dial has 19 pass breakups over the past two seasons, fourth among SEC corners, and earned a career-best 79.2 defensive grade in 2023.

Milton — Milton has a huge arm, and this is a good spot for him to land. His 83.1 overall grade since 2022 ranked seventh among SEC quarterbacks, and 10 of his 20 touchdown passes in 2023 came on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield.

Bell — Bell is a great value in the seventh round. He earned a 73.4 PFF grade in 2023, ranking 13th among FBS tight ends. Bell is exceptional with the ball in his hands, ranking seventh among the same group in yards after the catch (315).

Maye’s exceptional arm talent is where his scouting reports begin. He can release the ball from his hand quickly because to his rapid trigger. That has a great deal of velocity to tear throws through dense covering at any distance.

Maye has excellent out-of-structure accuracy and touch, but his consistency can be erratic, which brings up his main problem: ball placement. He occasionally just misses passes, but it doesn’t appear to be a clear motion or footwork problem.

He is skilled at attacking the middle of the field and has excellent movement. Though his timing and location of looks are still developing, he is also open to moving through progressions in a spread configuration.

WAA represents the number of wins a player is worth over an average college football player and is a metric that evaluators can utilize to assess performance. It combines how well a player performed in each facet of play (using PFF grades) and how valuable each facet is to winning football games. The result is a first-of-its-kind metric that allows for cross-positional valuation and predicts future value at the player and team levels.

Drake Maye consistently keeps his sights downfield, whether he’s moving or staying inside a building. His passing grade of 96.8 on passes that traveled more than 20 yards downfield in 2023 placed him third among eligible quarterbacks.

When he targets receivers past the sticks since 2022, Maye has thrown for 5,176 yards and 52 touchdowns, enough for the highest passing grade of any qualified quarterback at 96.7.

Maye is in the first round and top 10 discussions just based on his arm talent. He has all the skill elements you could want for in a franchise quarterback, even though his decision-making and ball placement (particularly the number of sacks taken) still need work.

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