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Taking A Look at the New England Patriots 2020 Draft Class

Hello, everyone, I am Trevor Petrillo I am writing my first piece for Downtownsportsnetwork.com.  We will be diving into the 2020 New England Patriots Draft Class! Let’s take a look!

Patriots do what they usually do in the draft they traded back and got some more draft capital.  New England sent pick 23 to the Los Angeles for picks 37 & 71 overall.

Kyler Dugger – Lenoir-Rhyne Round 2 Pick 37  6’1 219lbs – SAFETY 

Kyler Dugger comes from D2 College Lenior Rhyne in Hickory , North Carolina.  Dugger was a two-time captain in college, everyone in the building raved about his leadership abilities.  Dugger is an explosive athlete that excels in the run game comes downhill with bad intentions and shows his toughness.  His range on the back end is something that jumps off the tape has an ability to defend deep zone and play centerfield covers a lot of ground with great sideline to sideline speed.  He’s been labeled as a ” chess piece ” for Bill Belichick, Dugger can cover Rbs out of the backfield and play nickel and cover tight ends, Dugger’s versatility is something that should get him on the field early in his career.  He will make an immediate impact on special teams with his prowess in the return game and his ability to tackle in space.

Traded picks 71 & 98 to Baltimore Ravens  for picks 60 & 129 overall 

Josh Uche – Michigan Round 2 Pick 60 6’1 245lbs – EDGE

Of all the Patriot draft picks Josh Uche may be the best fit out of all of them.  The 6’1 245lbs edge is exactly what the patriots needed with the departures of Kyle Van Noy & Jamie Collins in free agency.  Uche brings great versatility to the linebacker position playing 300 snaps on the edge and 170 snaps off the ball for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. He has impressive bend and flexibility coming off the edge and uses his length and the quick first step to beat tackles off the edge. Fluid in his pass coverage drops Uche has shown good hips to get to his spot and work into throwing windows.  Uche is the perfect fit in Bill Belichick’s scheme his versatility and high football IQ give the Patriots the chance to move Uche around to best perform going forward.

Anfernee Jennings – Alabama Round 3 Pick 87 6’2 256lbs  – LINEBACKER

Jennings is your typical Alabama player tough, physical, technician and extremely well-coached by Nick Saban and his staff.  Jennings does a great job with his hands at the point of attack excels in setting the edge a firm edge with his heavy hands.  His best attribute is his strength does a very good job engaging onto blockers and standing his great very hard to move vertically because of his strength and length.  High football IQ, does a great job of diagnosing what the offense is trying to do, team leader on the field.  Jennings will be best served early in his career in sub-packages standing up in a three-point stance and rushing the passer using his length and handwork to disrupt the Quarterback.

Traded picks 100, 139 & 172 to the  Las Vegas Raiders  for picks 91 & 159 

Devin Asiasi – UCLA Round 3 Pick 91 6’3 257lbs – TIGHT END

Everyone knows that the Patriots needed to address the tight end position and they did that here at pick 91 with Devin Asiasi out of UCLA.  Asiasi is a fluid athlete with the ball in his hands impressive run after the catch ability does a great job flipping the field.  Displays goodwill to be an inline blocker plays physical and gives great effort and stays engaged through the whistle.  Asiasi has the upside to be a really good player in the league has the frame and all the tools to be a high impact starter in the league while he is a developmental project right now the Patriots might reap the benefits down the road.

Traded picks 125, 129 and a 6th round pick In the 2021 draft to the New York Jets for pick 101

Dalton Keene – Virginia Tech Round 3 Pick 101 6’4 253lbs – TIGHT END

Does everyone remember the last time the Patriots double-dipped on a tight end in the draft? It was 2010 (Aaron Hernandez & Rob Gronkowski) that worked out pretty well I’d say.  Dalton Keene falls perfectly into the Patriots draft theme this year ” Versatility ” was used as a Fullback, H – Back, Tight End and Wing during his time at Virginia Tech.  Keene will bring a nasty streak to the Patriots tenacious run blocker and plays to the whistle every single down. Has sure hands and has shown the ability to make contested catches in traffic.  Patriot fans are going to love Keene from day 1.

Justin Rohrwasser – Marshall Round 5 Pick 159 6’3 230lbs – KICKER

Patriots found themselves in a situation they haven’t had to deal with in some time.  Kicker roulette,  Stephen Gostkowski went down with a hip injury in week 6 of the 2019 season.  New England brought in veteran kickers Nick Folk & Kai Forbath to do the kicking duties the rest of the season.  The Patriots Released Gostkowski in the offseason leaving a whole in the kicking game.  In comes Justin Rohrwasser from Marshall who looks to fill the big shoes of Stephen Gostkowski.  Rohrwasser proved to be fairly accurate at marshall.

79/82 on Extra Points – 96.3%

33/42 on Field Goals – 78.6%

Traded picks 212 & 213 to the Indianapolis Colts for pick 182

Michael Onwenu – Michigan Round 6 Pick 182 6’3 344lbs – OFFENSIVE GUARD 

Onwenu was a three-year starter for the Michigan Wolverines during his time on campus he was known for his mean streak finishing blocks and punishing his opponents.  Dominate run blocker when he gets into your pads and rolls his hips its lights outs.  Stands his ground in pass protection not many people have gone through him holds his ground, length helps him in this area along with his adequate foot speed.  Onwenu is a bit of a project at this time the Patriots have been known to do a great job of coaching up young lineman.

Justin Herron – Wake Forest Round 6 Pick 195 6’4 308lbs – OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Herron has good length to play on the outside in the NFL he uses it well to keep edge rushers away from the quarterback. He has good mobility and footwork he is an easy and fluid mover it shows in his pass sets and. Good out in space when pulling on the outside on screens and sweeps.  Herron struggles with the power part of the game needs to add strength and bulk if he wants to compete for a starting spot at the next level.

Cassh Maluia – Wyoming Round 6 Pick 204 6’0 248lbs – LINEBACKER

Maluia brings great athleticism to the linebacker position, moves well and closes on ball carriers in a hurry.  Shows good instincts in pass coverage, gets into his drops quickly to get into passing lanes.  Maluia needs to be more physical coming downhill and closing in on gaps and blowing up offensive lineman.  Maluia could find his way onto the team with his special teams work, his Quickness in the open field will help with that.

Dustin Woodard – Memphis Round 7 Pick 230 6’2 285lbs – CENTER

Woodard is an undersized center that started 52 games for the Memphis Tigers most by and offensive lineman in school history.  Woodard has great quickness for the center position uses his leverage and quick feet to get into a defensive lineman.  Woodard will have the opportunity to learn from pro bowler David Andrews who is back from an injury last season ( blood clots ).

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