The 2023 NFLHC is finally in the books. The new generation of players coming to the NFLHC is finally set, with a new sim home, some money in their sim pockets, and, ready to play! The Patriots' organization did a great job over the weekend, so, a big thanks to all our team, @believer @gigemags11 @Jordanozenne, who were essential in assembling this great class. Now, let's take a look at the new players of your, New England Patriots
Round 1 - Pick 4
DE Deontre Graham 6-7 244 R Alabama [Contain] 83
In the pre-draft process, we identified our needs, and bolstering the defensive line was set as one of our priorities. We had the luck of Graham, a players who was discussed for the #1 overall pick, to drop to #4. With that, we felt that the value was there, and made an aggressively move, to trade up from #6, and pick him. Paired with Davenport, we hope Graham can become a dominant force in our defense, and, opposed to Jamal Norwood, can create chaos for other OLs.
Round 2 - Pick 33
QB Josh Beckett 6-3 211 R Georgia Tech [Pocket] 82
Beckett's a polarizing prospect. Some hate, some love. We, were never in doubt he was a great prospect, and, thought we would have no chance at picking him, since almost all the mocks were projecting him to get drafted in the late first. Prior to the draft, we approached the Giants, about trading up to #33, if he was there. And he was. We moved up, to select a developmental quarterback, who, we hope, is going to become the face of our franchise for the years to come. He will have the possibility to learn from Watkins, one of the better QBs in the league, improve his play, and, in future, be our starting QB.
Round 3 - Pick 70
FS James Munnerlyn 6-2 218 R UCF [Zone Coverage] 80
Defense was our main focus on the draft, improving our secondary play specially. When changing schemes, we felt a lack of depth, and, youth in our secondary. Munnerlyn solve all these problems. He had some ups and downs in the pre draft process, having a good pro day for a third rounder pick, and showing he's a big and explosive safety, leading to feel a great value in early 3rd round.
Round 3 - Pick 88
CB Roman Blackmon 6-1 181 R TCU [Man Coverage] 80
Continuing our desire to improve our secondary, we identified Blackmon as a target for #70 pick, and we were impressed that he was still available at pick #88. We feel like Blackmon, who had a good pro day for a third rounder, brings a lot to table, being a big, strong corner, that will be able to contribute right away, fitting our scheme.
Round 4 - Pick 102
SS Timothy St. John 6-1 187 R LSU [Zone Coverage] 79
St John is another player that is helping us to feel more comfortable with our secondary. We are in a division with BB, Matt Jones and Wegert, so, having a good secondary, with depth is essential. He got fairly good grades on his pro day, and a 4th round projection. He's coming ready to contribute, and, will play, first, at the special teams, but, in the near future, we hope he can contribute with our starters.
Round 5 - Pick 142
OG David Coon 6-4 279 R Duke [Run Blocking] [-2] 77
After the Hodgins trade we made with the Panthers, we felt like we needed more bodies in the Offensive Line. Coon is fast, explosive and a strong OG, who will sit for a few years, while he learns what it takes to be a starting OL in the NFLHC. After that, if he develops how we think he can, hewill start for us and we hopefully found a diamond in the 5th round.
Round 6 - Pick 196
DT Landry Everett 6-6 285 R Oregon [2-Gap] 75
With Rich Moore's retirement, we needed another DT who would be able to come in, and enter the rotation as quickly as possible. We don't want Everett to replace all Moore's production, but, we sure hope he can eat some snaps, and let all the rotation fresh.
Round 6 - Pick 215
RB Tom Honeycutt 5-11 228 R Nevada [Power] 73
Tom was a highly productive back for Nevada, almost hitting the 1000 rushing yards mark, and, getting double digits (10) in touchdowns. With our need for a 3rd Running Back on the roster, we felt like he would fit like a glove, bringing another running style (power), to mix with Bell and Harris.
Round 7 - Pick 226
OG Max Painter 6-3 333 R Michigan [Run Blocking] 74
Already looking to the future, we thought Max would be a great addition to our team. He have that P5 pedigree that everybody loves on the OL. he was a big part of Michigan's success last season, and, we hope he can come to Foxborough, and help us replicate the same success. He will sit for a few years, and learn the position, but, we feel like he can contribute to the season late in his career.
Round 7 - Pick 250
ILB Vincenzo Hickey 6-1 210 R Tulsa [Will] 76
Right when we thought the day was over for the Patriots, we felt like Hickey would be an important part of our defense, so, we traded one player with the Giants, for their pick, so we could draft him. He have a lot of potential, and, we feel like he's going to improve a lot with a few years learning the game in the NFLHC, with the chance of being a starting player for us.
THIS IS THE 2023 PATRIOTS DRAFT CLASS!
Stay tuned for the UDFA players that the Patriots will pick up