Bill Belichick and company selected eight players in the 2021 NFL draft –four on offense and four on defense. The Patriots took one player in every round, with the exception of the sixth round, where he got two players. Belichick traded just once, which is uncharacteristic for the coach. He mentioned that trading up in this draft was more costly than ever, using the third round as an example.
“The whole third round, that it seemed like the trade, the teams that were moving back were doing pretty well on those trades,” Belichick said. “So when you — you can look at charts and do whatever you want, but in the end, it’s a transaction between two clubs and if it’s an auction, if there are two or three teams bidding for the pick, then the team that moves back is selling it for whatever they can get for it.”
The lone trade was a move up the board (the No. 38 pick for Nos. 46, 122 and 139) for a defensive tackle. But the headliner for this draft was, of course, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. He is the man who should usher in a new era while answering the Patriots’ questions at quarterback in the wake of the departure of Tom Brady.
So let’s dive into takeaways from this year’s draft.