What Will Patriots Do with 14th Pick in the Draft?

What Will Patriots Do with 14th Pick in the Draft?
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The New England Patriots are not accustomed to the season they just concluded: an 8-9 record and third place in the AFC East.

Even though retail Massachusetts sports betting will be live at the end of this month, there won’t be a team coached by Bill Belichick on which to place a Super Bowl wager.

For the Patriots, the upcoming NFL Draft (April 27-29 in Kansas City) looms large. New England figures to need to improve on both sides of the ball, especially on offense.

Last week, the team announced it is formally looking for an offensive coordinator, as the experiment of Joe Judge and Matt Patricia handling the offense this season produced the worst offensive output under Belichick since 1995. Belichick then was coaching the Cleveland Browns.

The Patriots’ passing attack ranked 20th (206.4 passing yards per game) as second-year quarterback Mac Jones was still growing in the position and his supporting cast was not anything to brag about.

In 14 games this season, Jones threw for just shy of 3,000 yards (2,997, to be exact) with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (84.8 passer rating).

Draft Setup

In weeks you can bet on games at state casinos. Massachusetts betting apps are expected to follow in time for March Madness.

Sportsbooks such as Boston-based DraftKings Massachusetts will be in place for the NFL draft, so here is some early prep work from BetMassachusetts.com.

The Patriots have the 14th overall pick.

BetMassachusetts.com produced hypothetical odds on how the Patriots might select when they are “on the clock.”

PlayerPct. ChanceOdds
USC WR Jordan Addison15.5%+545
Georgia OT Broderick Jones13.7%+630
Georgia CB Kelee Ringo12.5%+700
Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.10%+900
Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez8.2%+1120
Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba8.2%+1120
The Field31.9%+215

On Monday, Addison announced he will pass on his senior season and declare for this year’s NFL Draft.

Addison, a 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver from Frederick, Md., and former Biletnikoff winner, was the Trojans’ leading wide receiver this season. He has 59 receptions for 875 yards and eight touchdowns after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 2021 with Pitt, he had 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns for the then-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champions. During his freshman year in 2020, Addison caught 60 passes for 666 yards and four TDs in 10 games.

Clearly, the Patriots need targets like Addison for Jones. Adding a dynamic talent like Addison could help boost New England's 2023-24 futures odds on BetMGM Massachusetts.

This is the highest the Patriots have selected since 2008, when they used the 10th overall pick on linebacker and current inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo. In 2021, they selected Jones just one pick later, at No. 15 overall.

This year, the Patriots also have one pick each in the second (46) and third rounds (76 from the Carolina Panthers). New England’s remaining draft order features two picks in the fourth round (104 from the Los Angeles Rams and 114) and three picks in the sixth round (170 from the Las Vegas Raiders, 173 from the Panthers and 178).

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Contributors

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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