Patriots Draft: Day 3 Targets

Day 3 of the NFL Draft is here. The Patriots have 6 picks from rounds 4 to 7. They currently don’t have a fifth round pick.

Here are the Patriots current picks today. Chances are, they won’t use all of them.

Round 4, 121st overall (via KC)

Round 4, 127th overall

Round 4, 137th overall (via Car)

Round 6, 183rd overall (via HOU)

Round 6, 200th overall

Round 6, 210th overall (via LAR)

Round 7, 245th overall (via HOU)

Here’s a list of players that are available and fit what the Patriots like to do.

Verone McKinley III, FS, 5-10 192, Oregon: McKinley is a two level safety who can play over the top in a two shell or screw and cover a slot receiver in man coverage. Ideal fit for a team like the Patriots who play three safeties.

Kyle Phillips, WR, 5-11 189, UCLA: Terrific route runner who has good hands and knows how to create separation on his release. Can play in the slot or as an X or R receiver.

Chase Lucas, CB, 5-11 182, Arizona State: Lucas is your classic Patriots type corner. He has good length and he’s smooth and fluid in coverage. He also plays smart and has a good understanding of coverages.

Aaron Hansford, ILB, 6-2 239, Texas A&M: Hansford has a classic MIKE linebacker build. Moves well laterally and can make plays from the backside. Plays with good strength at the point and takes on blockers. A good 30 front scheme fit.

Josh Jobe, CB, 5-11 182, Alabama: Jobe battled injuries last season but when healthy, he profiles as a squat Cover 2 who can play outside. Uses his hands well and re-route defenders underneath in funnel flat technique. Does a good job in phase but needs to play the ball better.

Zach Tom, C, 6-4 304, Wake Forest: A center by trade, Tom spent the last two seasons playing tackle. That versatility will appeal to the Patriots at some point on day three.

E.J Perry, QB, 6-1 211, Brown: Perry was in for a top 30 visit last week. He is a smart, athletic quarterback who throws well on the run and is accurate. Needs to make better decisions post snap but he has developmental upside.

D’Eriq King, QB, 5-9 196, Miami (Fla): King was electric as a quarterback at both Houston and Miami but will play receiver in the NFL. Dynamic athlete who could also return kicks.

Kyren Williams, RB, 5-9 174, Notre Dame: Williams is sound in all phases of the position. He runs with good balance and explosiveness. He is also fundamentally sound as a pass blocker and can be a factor in the passing game. Lack of size and a third gear hurt his draft status.

Bryce Watts, CB, 5-11 187, UMass: The former Virginia Tech and North Carolina commit ended up at UMass where he played at a high level. Smooth and fluid in man coverage, Watts could also be a factor in the return game.

Isaih Pacheco, RB, 5-10 216, Rutgers: A Brandon Bolden clone who can contribute offensively and be a core special teamer.

Slade Bolden, WR, 5-10 193, Alabama: Mac Jones former roommate is a good route runner who can create separation on breaks and has strong hands. Profiles as a fourth or fifth receiver.

Josh Thompson, CB, 5-11 194, Texas: Thompson has good size and does a good job of pressing and staying in phase. Lacks top end speed but competes in one on one situations.

D’Anthony Bell, S, 6-0 211, West Florida: Bell is your classic Patriots safety. He has ideal size, good ball skills and he shows a willingness to support the run. He also offers alignment flexibility. He’s a 3X3 player.

Darian Butler, LB, 5-10 221, Arizona State: Butler has visited with the Patriots. Undersized but athletic. Butler could play safety and be a stalwart on special teams.