The New England Patriots would have been thrilled if Brycen Hopkins fell to them beyond the Packers. After all, the Pats are still looking to find a mismatch nightmare to replace the still-retired tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
Giving weapons to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady is important, yes. And head coach Bill Belichick is still seeking pass-catching weapons after wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon didn’t pan out.
Sure, Julian Edelman is still an option here, and the team is waiting for the rookie, N’Keal Harry, to make his debut after being placed on injured reserve earlier this year.
Yet it’s hard to gauge what Belichick will do with his team’s first pick. And it’s entirely possible he uses it to reinforce the offensive line, perhaps grabbing someone like Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey, who is one of the biggest and best up-front blocking bullies in this year’s NFL Draft class.
Brady has to stay upright in the waning years of his career, right?