Round 6, Pick 183: Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina
Another running back? Really Bill? Again, I like Kevin Harris. He’s a bruising, bowling ball of a runner who picks up tough yardage any chance he can. But this is a guy who, while a good player, joins a very crowded RB room and might not even make the Patriots’ roster.
Round 6, Pick 200: Sam Roberts, EDGE, NW Missouri St
The Patriots traveled all the way to NW Missouri St to select Sam Roberts in the 6th round, and admittedly, I knew nothing about Roberts when the selection was made. In 2021, Roberts won the Cliff Harris Award, which goes to the Division II and III level’s best defensive player. He’s long, lean and was dominant at the Division II level, but will need to clean up his technique in order to get any sort of role on the Patriots’ front seven.
Round 6, Pick 210: Chasen Hines, OG, LSU
I like this value at the end of the 6th round, where New England goes back to their “type” of offensive lineman in Chasen Hines. He’s very similar, physically speaking to Michael Onwenu, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a player like Hines with the physical tools the Patriots look for becomes a nice depth piece in the future.
Round 7, Pick 245: Andrew Stueber, OT, Michigan
New England rounded out their draft with Andrew Stueber out of Michigan, who comes from a school the Patriots have had success drafting out of previously. He’s has long, strong arms that could make him a solid pass protector at the next level, but lacks the lower half and anchor to be anything more than a solid backup. I had a 6th round grade on Stueber and don’t see a ton of upside in him, but the selection was still good value at the end of the 7th round.
In conclusion, I look back on this draft and am underwhelmed. New England came away with a solid interior offensive lineman, a deep threat at WR, a good slot corner, a few running backs, and a backup quarterback. My immediate thought is: Eh? I’m certainly not impressed, but I think the Patriots did enough to address needs where they could. On the other hand, they also left me thinking they could have come away with more value at more impactful positions.