As the 2019 NFL Draft draws near, Patriots.com looks at prospects at each position that might make sense for New England.
The Patriots have three returning starters in Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon but both McCourty and Chung are in their 30s and there isn’t much young depth at the position currently on the roster.
1 – Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State: Good tackler with a penchant for playing physical. Abram is best in run support and plays with speed and decisiveness.
2 – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida: Gardner-Johnson is reminiscent of Chung in many ways including his versatility to work in coverage against tight ends as well as play in the box in run support. Physical, aggressive safety would make sense on Day 2.
3 – Taylor Rapp, Washington: Rapp is another versatile safety who plays physical near the line of scrimmage and works in coverage as well. The ultra-aggressive Rapp plays special teams effectively also.
4 – Deionte Thompson, Alabama: Good speed and range in coverage and excels on special teams. Thompson can be over-zealous at times with the physical part of his game, which may lead to some unnecessary roughness penalties.
5 – Amani Hooker, Iowa: Excellent tackler who flows to the ball well in run support. He shows good range and ball skills with some versatility to his game.
OTHER NAMES TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Marvell Tell, USC
- Juan Thornhill, Virginia
- Sheldrick Redwine, Miami