Round 3, 83rd Overall: QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
We’ll see if Mond is still available here. He could be gone in the 45-to-70 range. If Mond isn’t here, other potential options include Florida’s Kyle Trask, Stanford’s Davis Mills or Wake Forest’s Jamie Newman.
Mond fits the Patriots’ mold as a passer and has mobility to boot.
Round 4, 120th Overall: CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
Thomas opted out for the 2020 season which could cause him to tumble down draft boards. He let up just 25 catches on 47 targets for 332 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in 2019 with the Wolverines.
The speedy cornerback ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at 6-feet, 191 pounds. The Patriots have drawn from the Michigan well often in recent years.
Round 4, 122nd Overall: LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue
Barnes is the prototypical big downhill thumper at linebacker. He’s a bit on the shorter side at just over 6 feet, but he has long arms (33 3/8-inch) for his height. He also has experience at defensive end.
Round 4, 139th Overall: OT Tommy Doyle, Miami (OH)
Doyle is an offensive tackle in the Nate Solder or Sebastian Vollmer mold at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds. He’s an impressive athlete for his size.
Round 5, 177th Overall: RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
Mitchell is undersized but quick and speedy and comes with receiving experience out of the backfield. He could wind up being the Patriots’ next third-down back.
Round 6: 188th Overall: DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU
The Patriots only have one prototypical nose tackle on their roster in Davon Godchaux. Tonga was a disruptive presence in the middle of the field for the Cougars.
Round 6, 197th Overall: S Darrick Forrest, Cincinnati
The Patriots need a developmental free safety on their roster with Devin McCourty getting up there in age. Forrest has speed and quickness to burn at 6-feet, 206 pounds with 4.41-second 40-yard-dash speed.
Round 7, 242nd Overall: C Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh
The Patriots don’t mind undersized centers. They tried to take a developmental center in the seventh round of last year’s draft but Dustin Woodard retired before training camp. After unretiring, the Patriots released Woodard this spring. Morrissey fits into the same mold.