As the 2019 NFL Draft draws near, Patriots.com looks at prospects at each position that might make sense for New England.
With Julian Edelman as the only consistent, proven option currently on the wide receiver depth chart, the Patriots certainly will be looking to add at least one wide receiver over draft weekend, maybe even very early on in the pick process.
1 – Hakeem Butler, Iowa State: New England could certainly use a big, outside, big-play target. Butler checks off those boxes, even if there are questions about his route running and drops.
2 – Parris Campbell, Ohio State: A playmaking option more than a polished receiver, Campbell’s 4.3 speed, athleticism and upside potential are a lot to like.
3 – J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford: Though he’s not going to blow away anyone with his speed or quickness, Arcega-Whiteside uses his size and athletic ability (including basketball bloodlines) to come down with the ball, especially in the red zone. Not hard to see him as a pro-ready option as a mid-round rookie.
4 – Miles Boykin, Notre Dame: The Irish product is a nice combination of size, speed and quickness. His tape may not be quite as impressive as his measurables, but there is certainly room for significant NFL growth in his game.
5 – Deebo Samuel, South Carolina: One of a number of receivers to visit Gillette Stadium leading up to the draft, Samuel had an entertaining social media post in which he referred to Bill Belichick as “Billy.” That confidence, combined with a versatile set of skills and impressive all-around makeup could be an enticing combination.
OTHER NAMES TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Andy Isabella, UMass
- Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
- Riley Ridley, Georgia