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With the 2019 NFL Draft commencing at the end of the week White Phillip Dorsett Jerseys , the Patriots and all NFL teams will be finalizing their big board in preparation. It’s time for us to do the same."Folks, we made it. The draft process feels longer and more drawn out with every passing year (even though they actually moved the draft back up after a couple years of commencing at the beginning of May), but by the end of this week we will know the new class of New England Patriots draft picks and undrafted free agents. As you read this, Bill Belichick, Nick Caserio, and the rest of the Patriots war room are hashing out the final touches to their big board, settling on their strategy for the draft and preparing for any scenario that could come with the craziness that happens over the 3 days the draft spans. So, let’s do the same. Below you will find a the 3 round mock draft using the big board I put together yesterday, which you can find here. The big board and mock draft were put together using The Draft Network’s excellent Big Board Builder and Mock Draft Simulator tools. Mock DraftUsing the big board we just put together above, this is a potential 3 round haul the Patriots could come away with without trading any picks. Let’s take a look at it round by round.Round 1All three of Ferrell, Tillery, and Brown were available leading up to pick 31, so we knew we were going to come away with an A+ round 1 pick. After the Rams snatched Ferrell, Tillery was the easy pick, and then Brown went 2 picks into the second round. If we wanted to go all in and try to grab Brown too, 56 and 73 could’ve gotten us in the ballpark. Tillery has the highest upside of the three potential first round picks I coveted. If everything comes together, Tillery could peak as an all-pro player, and there is no better place for him to try and maximize it than New England. His ability to win inside as a pass rusher would provide immediate value while he refines his technique and mental processing to contribute better as a run defender.Big Board Players Taken: Christian Wilkins (26 to Indianapolis) N’Keal Harry (28 to L.A. Chargers), Noah Fant (30 to Green Bay), Clelin Ferrell (31 to L.A. Rams). Round 2After grabbing a defensive lineman in round one, we were able to secure my favorite pick of the draft in Jace Sternberger, another A+ grade. Sternberger can step in next to Austin Seferian-Jenkins early in the year and potentially take over as the TE1 by the end of the year. He won’t be Rob Gronkowski, but he can be a more than a serviceable tight end for a long time. We then doubled on the defensive line here, taking Charles Omenihu. In this instance with Tillery already in the fold, we’ll be looking at Omenihu as an EDGE replacement to Trey Flowers who can also kick inside to rush the passer. The versatility the Patriots love will be there with Tillery and Omenihu, good for an A grade. Big Board Players Taken: A.J. Brown (34 to Indianapolis), Chase Winovich (37 to N.Y. Giants), Deebo Samuel (44 to Green Bay), Dexter Lawrence (60 to L.A. Chargers) Phillip Dorsett Jerseys 2019 , Blake Cashman (61 to Kansas City), Jachai Polite (63 to Kansas City).Round 3Terry McLaurin is a classic Patriots wide receiver and round three is where I really like the value at the position for New England. This is a solid B+ pick.Drue Tranquill is a smart and experienced linebacker who could contribute on special teams and push Ja’Whaun Bentley or Elandon Roberts for a role on the defense, a fine pick that fills out the back-middle of the roster nicely for a B grade.We finish up day two and round three by doubling up at wide receiver, taking Stanley Morgan Jr. — not the son of the former Patriots great with whom he shares a name. Perhaps a slight reach in round three, Morgan is another wideout who fits the Patriots well and can provide value to the back-middle of the roster, a nice B/B+ grade. Big Board Players Taken: Christian Miller (65 to Arizona), Andy Isabella (66 to Pittsburgh), Tyree Jackson (71 to Denver), Vosean Joseph (72 to Cincinnati), Zach Allen (77 to Carolina), Dre’Mont Jones (81 to Minnesota), Dawson Knox (88 to Detroit), Oshane Ximines (89 to Indianapolis), Will Grier (91 to L.A. Chargers).Big Board Players Still Available: Mecole Hardman, Khalen Saunders, Daylon Mack, Trysten Hill, Brett Rypien.Feel free to follow and reach out to me on twitter @Ryan_Keiran to see my analysis as the draft unfolds and discuss with me. Also leave a comment with who you would like to see the Patriots target in the draft! Finally, next week I will be doing a full draft recap stream on twitch, which you can make sure you won’t miss by following Over_Peek! Not that we’d mind if Gronk did decide to give it one more go, of course."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots Opinion/AnalysisThese Rob Gronkowski comeback rumors don’t make any senseNew,42commentsNot that we’d mind if Gronk did decide to give it one more go, of course.EDTShareTweetShareShareThese Rob Gronkowski comeback rumors don’t make any senseBrett Davis-USA TODAY SportsTake it from us, kids: just because Jason Witten does something doesn’t always mean it’s a good idea. Most of the time, it does, but occasionally, it absolutely does not. Exhibit A:Good Witten: switches from defensive end to tight end (2000)Also good Witten: (pretty much everything from then until retirement in 2017 in his Hall of Fame career)Not so good Witten: Monday Night Football (2018-2018).To-Be-Determined Witten: Comeback season 2019.Having said that, it took all of roughly 18 hours after Rob Gronkowski made us all cry into our Sunday night pizza for the COMEBACK SEASON 2019 train to get fired up, and as you can see White Stephon Gilmore Jerseys , it really hasn’t lost any steam since then, and now it’s almost pool season. Observe:Let’s be clear: that would rule! The NFL and planet Earth in general is obviously a much better place with Gronk doing Gronk things in it. He’s the kind of talent you’d tune in to watch even if you hated the Patriots, like how Pats fans watched in begrudging admiration when Julio Jones caught bombs in triple coverage, or Kam Chancellor knocked a crossing receiver’s cleats off, or Odell Beckham when he’s posterizing defensive backs and not getting into fights with stationary objects.What doesn’t shake out when you do the math is the idea that Gronkowski would take a month and a half off after the Super Bowl, finally pull the trigger on retirement after kicking the idea around for at least a year already, and then just up and do a complete 180 this fall and lace ‘em up again.Let’s start with the obvious: by the end of his career (assuming it is over, of course), it’d probably be easier to list the body parts that Gronk didn’t break, twist, sprain, tear, strain, or otherwise injure playing a game where defenders had to find new and creative (read: painful) ways to get him on the ground because, as any of us that cut our teeth on backyard football with kids bigger than us can tell you, just launching yourself at someone much larger than yourself usually ends poorly. For you, not them. Defensive backs in particular had to shoot their shot at his knees to take Gronk down, which ended at least one of his seasons and surely made several others much more difficult. And this past season in particular, Gronkowski got almost startlingly blunt on what it’s like to grind out a season at 29 years old when you’re taking more damage every weekend and not bouncing back like you could back in the day:Here’s how that shakes out from one year to the next as the years pile on:2017 season: 14 games started, 1,084 receiving yards, 69 receptions, 8 touchdowns2018 season: 11 games started, 682 receiving yards, 47 receptions, 3 touchdownsSomewhat surprisingly (or not, since this is pretty classic Gronk), he somehow still found a way to turn it the hell up in the postseason, so if there is a reason to hope for a comeback Stephon Gilmore Jerseys 2019 , maybe that’s it. I mean:2017 postseason: 3 games, 218 receiving yards, 16 receptions, 3 touchdowns2018 postseason: 3 games, 191 receiving yards, 13 receptions, 0 touchdownsAside from the goose egg in the touchdown column, what else could you want?Back on the idea that this isn’t some decision Gronk made overnight, though, there’s also what he left on the table by choosing to hang ‘em up: according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Gronk’s re-worked contract would’ve paid him a base salary of $9,000,000 for the 2019 season, and while his financial acumen is pretty well-documented, that’s quite a few zeroes to say “Nah, I’m good” unless you’re pretty freaking sure it’s not worth it anymore.And finally, for the three of you still reading, we’ll once again check in with Tom Curran from NBC Sports Boston, who despite posting this on April Fool’s Day, caught up with Gronk post-Instagram announcement and asked him about making a comeback vs walking dogs for a living (which, there are definitely worse jobs to have):Oh, and he’d been kicking around the idea of retiring ever since he hung 116 yards and two touchdowns on the Eagles in the Super Bowl last season.Add all that up, and this isn’t a man who pulled the trigger on this just cause that’s how he woke up that afternoon. It’s the Gronk that we all know and love deciding that after banging his body around for the past two decades and almost having his career ended by injuries before he even graduated college looking around and realizing not only is the game getting tougher on him, but aside from padding his stats, he’s got nothing left to prove anyway.Having said all that....IF he does change his mind, though, you can bet the rent that I’ll be the first one to crack the glass on the framed Gronk jersey on my wall.Kind of a “Break in case of Awesome”.
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