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2020 Patriots Mock Draft Tracker

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Our staff has compiled what the top 'experts' are predicting the Patriots will do in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

EXPERT: Mel Kiper, ESPN Football Analyst

PICK: Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin

LAST UPDATED: April 14

KIPER'S ANALYSIS:
"It's really tough to predict what Bill Belichick is going to do in a draft, but we know that he likes versatile front-seven pieces. That's Baun, who broke out for the Badgers last season with 12.5 sacks and 19.5 total tackles for loss. The Patriots lost linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts in free agency, so Baun fills a need. Since it appears New England is happy with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer at quarterback, I'll stay away from that position."

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Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).

EXPERT: Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: April 17

HANSON'S ANALYSIS:
"While not a speed rusher, Epenesa could remind Bill Belichick of one of his former players, Trey Flowers. The former Hawkeye wins with a blend of power, length, technique and heavy hands, and has the versatility to rush from the inside as well. While he started 2019 slowly, Epenesa closed the season strong with eight sacks and four forced fumbles over his final five games."

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EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Analyst

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: April 7

JEREMIAH'S ANALYSIS:
"The Patriots love size and power on the edges. Epenesa is not an elite tester, but he's a very productive football player."

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EXPERT: Michael Dussault, Patriots.com Staff Writer

PICK: XAVIER MCKINNEY, S, ALABAMA

LAST UPDATED: April 14

DUSSAULT'S ANALYSIS:
"McKinney is dripping with versatility and though the needs in the front seven are more significant the Alabama product can fill almost any hole in the secondary. As a rookie he could be groomed by Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, while replacing some of what was lost in Duron Harmon. A three-down player, McKinney would solidify the back end of the Patriots defense for a decade and is the perfect player for today's NFL."

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February 4 - Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
March 5 - Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
March 27 - Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

Utah State QB Jordan Love (10).
Utah State QB Jordan Love (10).

EXPERT: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports NFL Writer

PICK: JORDAN LOVE, QB, UTAH STATE

LAST UPDATED: April 15

TRAPASSO'S ANALYSIS:
"The Patriots may have to trade up for Love, but with him falling into their lap here, they can't pass on him."

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Iowa Defensive End A.J. Epenesa (94).
Iowa Defensive End A.J. Epenesa (94).

EXPERT: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports Senior Writer

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: April 21

PRISCO'S ANALYSIS:
"There are questions about his athletic ability, but he can rush the passer. He would slide inside in passing downs and still hold up, which shows his versatility. The Patriots love that in their players."

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Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).

EXPERT: Todd McShay, ESPN Senior Writer

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: March 30

MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS:
"These aren't the Patriots we are accustomed to seeing. They could use upgrades in a bunch of areas, including quarterback, wide receiver and a handful of spots on defense. I don't expect coach Bill Belichick to reach for a QB here, and while wide receiver is in play, it seems unlikely two years in a row on Day 1. So how about an edge rusher? LSU's K'Lavon Chaisson is the better player, but Belichick has a strong relationship with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, and Epenesa fits nicely with the Patriots' 3-4 system as a 5-technique."

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EXPERT: Lance Zierlein, NFL Media Draft Analyst

PICK: PATRICK QUEEN, LB, LSU

LAST UPDATED: March 20

ZEIRLIEN'S ANALYSIS:
"Figuring out what Bill Belichick is going to do isn't getting any easier. However, Queen is tough and fast. He could become the new leader of the defense by next year."

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EXPERT: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports NFL Draft Writer

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: April 10

EDWARDS' ANALYSIS:
"New England gets bigger, faster and stronger along their defensive line. The Patriots take advantage of a good player unnecessarily falling."

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EXPERT: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports Writer

PICK: ZACH BAUN, LB, WISCONSIN

LAST UPDATED: April 21

WILSON'S ANALYSIS:
"Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts are all gone (they landed in Detroit, Miami and Miami - all home of former Pats assistant coaches) and Baun, who can play on the edge or at the linebacker position, has the type of versatility and smarts that makes it easy to connect him to New England."

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Utah State QB Jordan Love (10).
Utah State QB Jordan Love (10).

EXPERT: Charles Davis, NFL Media Analyst

PICK: JORDAN LOVE, QB, UTAH STATE

LAST UPDATED: April 15

Davis's Analysis:
"Yes, totally against the grain for New England to select a QB this high, but Love could easily be selected in the top 10. The Patriots snap up the QB to begin the post-Brady era."

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Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).

EXPERT: Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: April 9

Renner's Analysis:
"Drafting Love to New England makes sense for a couple of reasons. The first is that the Patriots' current starter was an unheralded fourth-round pick who earned a middling 72.2 grade in last year's preseason. The second is that Love is seen as a boom-or-bust prospect with all the tools to be an elite quarterback. Him busting would likely result in the Patriots becoming major players in the Trevor Lawrence/Justin Fields sweepstakes."

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Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94).

EXPERT: Andy Hart, WEEI

PICK: A.J. EPENESA, DE, IOWA

LAST UPDATED: April 16

Hart's Analysis:
"Epenesa is a physical, versatile edge option who could have a positive impact right away on the front seven, both against the run and the pass."

Click here to view Andy Hart's full Patriots mock draft.

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