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● By Alex Barth
Here we are again. Just a week after Mock Draft 2.0, it’s already time to update the team’s draft outlook. Isn’t that why Mock Drafts are always named ‘x.0’ anyway, so there’s room to update? That makes this 2.5, two and a half, 2.1, 2.0 beta, whatever you want to call it. Anyways, last week was a busy week for the Patriots, highlighted by the acquisition of wide receiver DeVante Parker. They also signed hybrid defensive back Jabrill Peppers to a one-year deal late last week. One thing that stands out about this draft outlined below – the Patriots make 10 total selections. That may feel like a lot, but it’s not out of the ordinary given the way Bill Belichick has run things recently. Over their last 10 drafts, the Patriots have averaged making 8.6 selections per draft. They’ve had three drafts where they’ve made double-digit selections in that span, including two in the last three years. On the other hand, they’ve drafted less than eight players just twice and less than seven only once (four picks in 2017). If you remove that outlier – when they traded a first for Brandin Cooks and had to forfeit a fourth-round pick because of Deflategate – the average picks per year is 9.1.