The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft could not have gone much better for the New England Patriots.
After a handful of surprises from a couple of different teams, the Patriots ended up landing one of the best receivers in the entire draft, N’Keal Harry, filling a position of need in the process.
Heading into Day 2 of the draft, New England still holds 11 picks — including two in the second round (56th and 64th overall). At this point, Bill Belichick and Co. can go a lot of different ways in terms of moving up, down or simply drafting the best available player that falls to them.
Here are the best available options for the Patriots going into Round 2.
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Murphy is one of the best corners available.
He’s a finished product, ready to step in and start in the NFL immediately. New England may need to move up to get him, as there was only one corner drafted in Round 1.
There’s a good chance we see a run on cornerbacks early on Day 2.
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Belichick’s relationship with Nick Saban makes Thompson a candidate to land in Foxboro. He has the talent to be an NFL starter and would add depth to another position of need in New England.
His championship pedigree and football IQ make him a perfect fit for “The Patriot Way.” He’s a guy New England could grab at pick No.
56, depending on how things fall.
Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is another guy Bill Belichick trusts, thanks to a professional relationship that goes back decades. Iowa players have proven to be smart and dependable at the NFL level, and Nelson checks those boxes without much flash. The Patriots need a guy who can consistently bring pressure off the edge, which Nelson has the ability to do for the next decade.
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He should be around when New England picks at No. 64.
Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin
You can never have too much depth on the offensive line, and Deiter would be the perfect player to add exactly that.
Coming from one of the notorious offensive line factories in college football, He was one of the better guards in the country over the past couple of seasons. He seems to have gotten lost in the mix during the process leading up to the draft.
It would be a textbook Belichick move to swipe such a low-key, high-caliber player at the end of the second round.
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