UPDATE, April 22: The Gronk trade appears to have sent the Bucs fourth round pick at No. 33 in the round in exchange for the Patriots seventh round pick at No. 27 in the round.
UPDATE, April 21: Rob Gronkowski has unretired and the Patriots have traded him to the Buccaneers where he can join Tom Brady. The Patriots dealt Gronk and a seventh round pick to the Bucs for a fourth round pick. The Patriots have two 7ths and the Bucs have two 4ths, so we’ll have to wait and see which picks have specifically been traded.
The New England Patriots biggest offseason loss is Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a down season and going on 43 in the 2020 season, nobody thought he was going to continue on for multiple seasons, but getting another season out of him would have been best.
They also lost OLB Kyle Van Noy and OLB Jamie Collins along with S Duron Harmon and DT Danny Shelton. For a team without many stars around the line, these losses are significant.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 2, pick 5 (No. 37 overall): Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir–Rhyne
Round 2, pick 28 (No. 60): Josh Uche, LB, Michigan
Round 3, pick 23 (No. 87): Anfernee Jennings, Edge, Alabama
Round 3, pick 27 (No. 91): Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
Round 3, pick 37 (No. 101): Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
Round 5, pick 14 (No. 159): Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall
Round 6, pick 3 (No. 182): Michael Onwenu, OG, Michigan
Round 6, pick 16 (No. 195): Justin Herron, OT, Wake Forest
Round 6, pick 25 (No. 204): Cassh Maluia, ILB, Wyoming
Round 7, pick 16 (No. 230): Dustin Woodard, C, Memphis
Jarrett Stidham might be exactly the quarterback Bill Belichick wants for the future, but the Patriots should still look into grabbing a quarterback early.
The Patriots also need someone for their quarterback to throw to, both at tight end and wide receiver. N’Keal Harry could still work out but after him and Julian Edelman, there isn’t much and their tight end situation is a wasteland. There are some options in free agency, but grabbing a prospect is in the cards.
Losing Van Noy, Collins and Shelton hurts a defense that played above their heads last season and grabbing a strong pass rusher with their first pick is probably on their agenda. The team will need to continue playing strong defense to have a chance to win in 2020 with Tom Brady gone.
Dream first pick
I’d like to see what Bill Belichick can do with Jordan Love, but I expect the Patriots to go with a defensive player in the first round. Edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson would be a nice addition, as the Patriots are likely going to have trouble getting to the quarterback this season.