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Experts react to Patriots 2023 NFL Draft Day 1 Pick

See what the experts had to say about the Patriots first round draft pick from the 2023 NFL Draft.


See what the experts had to say about the Patriots first round draft pick from the 2023 NFL Draft.

Round 1, Pick 17: Christian Gonzalez, CB - Oregon

Evan Lazar, There is a new shutdown corner in Foxboro.

Mike Dussault, The Patriots fill a big need with one of the best cornerbacks in the draft. Gonzalez is a smooth athlete who can do it all in the secondary. For a team looking to take on the top offenses in the AFC, Gonzalez has the potential to be a significant piece of the puzzle and the number one corner they've lacked in recent seasons.

Paul Perillo, Christian Gonzalez represented a dream scenario for me at 17 heading into the draft. Bill Belichick was able to get his man while adding a fourth-round pick in the process. The 6-1 Gonzalez has the athleticism and skill set to compete with some of the talented receivers the Patriots will face this season. Really excited about the pick.

Field Yates, ESPN: I have absolutely no idea how Christian Gonzalez made it all the way to pick 17 but that is an absolute steal for the Patriots. Wow.

Mark Daniels, MassLive: Patriots draft CB Christian Gonzalez at No. 17. I had Gonzalez as one of my best Patriots fits at CB and one of the best overall options for the Pats. He fills a legit need.

Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston: Patriots get a steal in Christian Gonzalez. Would've been a logical trade-up candidate from No. 14. Get him at No. 17 instead. Home run.

Jeff Howe, The Athletic: The Patriots traded down to No. 17 and still got Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez, the 5th-ranked player on @dpbrugler's big board. Huge value.

Doug Kyed, AtoZSports: There it is. Fills a huge need.

Mike Giardi: Christian Gonzalez has been taken by the #Patriots. This kid is smooth.

Mike Reiss, ESPN: Positive reaction from season ticket members on the selection of Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez at No. 17.

Ben Volin, Boston Globe: Patriots take CB Christian Gonzalez, a 6-foot-1 corner who runs a 4.38. That's exactly what they had to do. Home run

Ian Rapoport, NFL Network: The Patriots trade back and take a CB who a lot of people viewed as a top 10 talent -- Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez -- at No. 17.

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