As a lead-up to the 2024 NFL draft, we’ve broken down the current depth chart of every NFL team and identified the biggest draft and team needs for the New England Patriots.

You can find additional team-by-team draft needs articles and other draft content on our 2024 NFL Draft Hub.

Patriots Draft Needs: Top Positions of Need in 2024

  1. Quarterback
  2. Wide Receiver
  3. Offensive Tackle

What Picks Do the New England Patriots Have in 2024?

The New England Patriots have 8 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including:

  • Round 1 (3)
  • Round 2 (34)
  • Round 3 (68)
  • Round 4 (103)
  • Round 5 (137)
  • Round 6 (180)
  • Round 6 (193)
  • Round 7 (231)

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New England Patriots Draft Capital Stats

Our Sharp Draft Value Rank is a valuation of draft capital based on a combination of average performance delivered and average dollars earned on second contracts.

This is based on two public models: performance delivered based on draft slot (the AV model created by Chase Stuart) and contractual earnings in non-rookie deals based upon draft slot (the OTC model created by Brad Spielberger and Jason Fitzgerald).

  • Patriots Sharp Draft Value Rank: 5 of 32 teams
  • Patriots AV Model Draft Value Rank: 4 of 32 teams
  • Patriots OTC Model Draft Value Rank: 5 of 32 teams

New England Patriots Draft Value vs. Other Teams:

The Patriots’ draft value is 25% higher than the league average of all 32 teams. Just four other teams have more draft value entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

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New England Patriots Draft Prediction:

Brendan Donahue has the Patriots selecting Drake Maye (QB, North Carolina) with the 3rd overall pick in his most recent 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Mock draft expert Ryan McCrystal believes the Patriots could target a quarterback like Drake Maye (QB, UNC) with their top pick at No. 3 overall in the first round.

New England Patriots Strength of Schedule, 2024

The New England Patriots have the second-hardest NFL strength of schedule for the 2024 NFL season.

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New England Patriots Offense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Rich Hribar breaks down the offensive depth chart by position for the New England Patriots, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Patriots Offense Infographic

Quarterback Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Jacoby Brissett
  2. Bailey Zappe
  3. Nathan Rourke

New England is resetting the table at quarterback this offseason after they remained at the bottom of the league in just about every passing metric in 2023.

Collectively, their quarterback room ranked 30th in the league in rating (73.8), 30th in yards per pass attempt (6.1 Y/A), 28th in touchdown rate (2.8%), and dead last in interception rate (3.8%).

The team has already traded Mac Jones to Jacksonville and brought back veteran Jacoby Brissett to where he started his career.

Brissett is presumed to add a veteran presence to the rookie quarterback that New England selects with the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft.

Running Back Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Rhamondre Stevenson
  2. Antonio Gibson
  3. JaMycal Hasty
  4. Ke’Shawn Vaughn
  5. Kevin Harris

The running game for New England took a major step back last season as this offense was a complete house of cards.

New England running backs combined to rank 25th in the league in yards per rush (3.7 YPC) and 25th in EPA per rush (-0.14).

As a group, they were 30th in the league in the rate of runs to gain 10 or more yards (5.6%) after ranking fifth in that department in 2022 (12.7%).

New England backs averaged only 1.08 yards before contact on their runs (22nd), but their backs were also far less explosive as they averaged 2.65 yards after contact per rush (26th).

Rhamondre Stevenson did not find the same success he had in 2022.

After amassing 1,461 total yards on 279 touches in 2022, Stevenson only managed 857 total yards on 194 touches before being shut down for the final five weeks with an ankle injury.

After averaging 5.0 and 5.2 yards per touch in his first two seasons in the league, Stevenson averaged only 4.4 yards per touch in 2023.

Stevenson went from second in the NFL in yards after contact per rush in 2022 (3.81) down to 32nd last season (2.80).

He ranked 42nd out of 49 running backs with 100 or more rushes in explosive run rate (6.4%) after ranking sixth in 2022 (14.3%).

Stevenson enters this season in the final year of his rookie contract.

The Patriots went out in free agency and added Antonio Gibson on a friendly three-year deal with outs as early as next season.

Gibson is coming off a career-low 113 touches last season in Washington, but he did average a career-high 5.8 yards per opportunity on those touches.

After rushing for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021, Gibson has only rushed for 811 yards and four touchdowns over the past two seasons, but he remained active as a pass catcher.

Gibson has increased his receptions from the year prior in all four of his seasons in the league, catching 36, 42, 46, and 48 passes out of the backfield.

With Stevenson and Gibson at the top of the depth chart, New England does not need to press the panic button here.

Gibson is the only back on this roster signed beyond this season, so if New England does add a running back, it will likely come on Day 3 as contractual depth.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Kendrick Bourne
  2. DeMario Douglas
  3. K.J. Osborn
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  5. Tyquan Thornton
  6. Jalen Reagor
  7. Kayshon Boutte
  8. Kawaan Baker
  9. T.J. Luther

We are in what seems like a never-ending cycle of New England chasing their tail at the wide receiver position.

This team once again received basement-level production from their receivers in 2023.

New England wideouts combined to catch 175 passes (25th) for 1,909 yards (29th), and just five touchdowns (31st).

Only Carolina wide receivers averaged fewer yards per reception (10.3 yards) than New England receivers (10.9).

New England has not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Julian Edelman in 2019, which is also the last time any of their wideouts have even reached 900 yards receiving in a season.

In 2023, DeMario Douglas led the team with 561 yards receiving.

Douglas was a solid find in the sixth round of the draft last season, which at least gives them something.

Out of 27 rookie wide receivers to run 100 or more pass routes (he ran 330), Douglas ranked sixth in that group with 1.70 yards per route run and fourth in target rate per route run (23.9%).

Douglas only averaged 8.2 air yards per target (21st), which forced him to create 59.9% of his yardage after the catch. Only Rashee Rice generated a higher rate of yardage after the catch (69.7%) in the regular season among rookie wideouts.

At 5-foot-8 and 192 pounds, Douglas may never develop into an anchor at the position, but as far as recent New England wide receiver selections go, he was a win and a player who can contribute.

The same cannot be said for Tyquan Thornton and Kayshon Boutte.

After being selected in the second round in 2022, Thornton has not been able to get on or stay on the field.

He only appeared in nine games last season, catching 13 passes for 91 yards.

Through two seasons, Thornton has now missed 12 games in full and has not had more than four receptions in a game yet to open his career.

This unit badly needs a field stretcher (especially if they end up with Drake Maye), and the team is still hoping that Thornton could still be used in that capacity over the remaining two years on his rookie deal.

Boutte only appeared in five games, catching two passes for 19 yards.

JuJu Smith-Schuster only caught 29 passes for 260 yards and one touchdown over 11 games after inking a $25.5 million contract.

The Patriots can get out of that contract after this season for a $2.6 million dead cap hit, but he is on the books for this season since he would cost them $12.3 million to let go today.

There are concerns that Smith-Schuster has a knee injury that will prevent him from ever playing at a high level again.

New England extended Kendrick Bourne, who has been a solid player when he has avoided the doghouse.

Bourne was second on the team in target rate per route last season (23.4%) and led the team with 1.73 yards per route run.

While Bourne has been arguably the best New England wide receiver outside of Jakobi Meyers since the glory days of this offense, he still is more of an ancillary option in a passing game.

Bourne will be 29 this August with a career-high of 800 yards receiving in a single season (2021). He also is coming off ACL surgery in November.

The Patriots also went out and added K.J. Osborn on a one-year deal this offseason.

This is still a major area of need for the organization and does not provide a comfortable set of pass catchers for a pending first-round quarterback.

New England will have to sink their front-end draft capital into a quarterback over this potentially elite group of wideouts in the draft, but the depth of this class should provide them quality options at picks No. 34 or No. 68 to add another rookie to the mix.

Tight End Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Hunter Henry
  2. Austin Hooper
  3. Mitchell Wilcox
  4. La’Michael Pettway

The Patriots inked Hunter Henry to a three-year extension this offseason.

Henry has been the definition of “fine” since joining the Patriots in 2021.

Over his three years in New England, he has caught 50, 41, and 42 passes for 603, 509, and 419 yards.

He leads the team with 17 total touchdown grabs over that span while no other player on the team has more than 10.

Henry is coming off averaging a career-low 10.0 yards per reception and 6.9 yards per target.

He will turn 30 this December, failing to average more than 35.5 yards receiving per game during his tenure in New England.

The Patriots added veteran Austin Hooper to the fold this offseason on a one-year deal.

With Henry locked into the starting role here at a high salary, New England will not be attacking the position with any significant draft investment.

Offensive Line Depth Chart, Patriots:

LT: Conor McDermott, Vederian Lowe, Tyrone Wheatley Jr, Andrew Stueber
LG: Cole Strange, Nick Leverett
C: David Andrews, Jake Andrews
RG: Sidy Sow, Atonio Mafi, Michael Jordan
RT: Mike Onwenu, Chukwuma Okorafor, Calvin Anderson

This unit fell apart last season, which accentuated the lack of talent at the other offensive positions.

New England ended last season ranking dead last in ESPN’s pass block win rate metric as a team (43%) while ranking 29th in collective team pass blocking grade at Pro Football Focus.

The group just could not stay healthy last season.

The Patriots most frequently used combination across the line combined to play just 19.8% of the offensive snaps last season. Only the Panthers, Dolphins, and Jets had a lower rate of snaps played from their most frequently used line combination.

New England only had two different offensive line combinations on the field for over 100 snaps last season.

The only player that played in all 17 games was center David Andrews while every other starter missed multiple games.

The only other linemen on the roster who even played 60% of the snaps outside of Andrews were Michael Onwenu and Sidy Sow.

The Patriots got a major bargain this offseason in retaining Onwenu, who has been one of the league’s most underrated and versatile linemen since he was drafted in 2020.

Onwenu has started 56 games for New England over the past four seasons, playing three different positions.

He played 656 snaps at right tackle and 194 snaps at right guard in 2023 and once again had the lowest pressure rate allowed (4.7%) on the team.

Onwenu and Cole Strange are their younger starters locked up for multiple seasons.

Andrews is a dependable starter at center. He is in the final season of his current contract and will be 32 years old, but the team does already have Jake Andrews as contractual depth, who they selected in the fourth round last season.

They also used a fourth-round pick on Sow last season, who was pressed into starting 13 games and playing the third-most snaps on the line.

Sow was put in a tough spot, ending the season strong by ranking 12th in run blocking grade among guards at Pro Football Focus but also 73rd in pass blocking grade.

While health is the major obstacle for this unit entering 2024, the Patriots do have an outright need here at left tackle.

Trent Brown led the team with 579 snaps at left tackle last season. He left this offseason via free agency.

Journeyman Conor McDermott will turn 32 years old this October and is only under contract for this upcoming season. He has never started more than six games over his eight NFL seasons spanning three teams.

Last season with New England, McDermott started five games and played all 227 snaps at left tackle.

On his limited sample, McDermott ranked 87th among all tackles in pressure rate allowed (10.0%) in 2023.

Even worse, Vederian Lowe logged 236 snaps at left tackle and another 239 snaps at right tackle last season, allowing a 13.6% pressure rate, which ranked 99th out of 101 tackles to play over 100 snaps in pass protection last season.

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New England Patriots Defense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Raymond Summerlin breaks down the defensive depth chart by position for the New England Patriots, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Patriots Defense Infographic

Defensive Line Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Christian Barmore
  2. Davon Godchaux
  3. Armon Watts
  4. Daniel Ekuale
  5. Jeremiah Pharms Jr.
  6. Sam Roberts
  7. Trysten Hill

The Patriots played with a three-man front on 71.1% of their snaps last season, the second-highest rate in the league.

New England gave up just 3.4 yards per carry on running back runs (second) and 0.92 yards before contact on RB carries (third).

They finished sixth in ESPN’s run stop win rate in 2023.

A big part of New England’s success was Christian Barmore, who played a career-high 66% of the defensive snaps.

Barmore finished third in PFF’s run stop percentage metric among all defensive linemen.

He recorded a tackle on 19% of his run defense snaps, seventh among defensive linemen, and had 13 tackles for loss (12th).

Barmore also contributed as a pass rusher, recording a 10.7% pressure rate and nabbing 8.5 sacks.

Davon Godchaux is also returning after playing 685 snaps last season but was far from the level of Barmore.

He did okay against the run but offered nothing as a pass rusher. Of course, that is not really Godchaux’s game, but last year was a step back even for him.

Armon Watts was brought in via free agency. New England is now his fourth team in as many seasons, and he has primarily been a rotational player.

The same has been true of Daniel Ekuale, who missed most of last season due to injury.

Barmore is a building block, but he is heading into the final year of his rookie deal. Godchaux is also in the final year of his deal.

This is not an immediate need, but some depth and a look to the future might be in order.

EDGE Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Matthew Judon
  2. Deatrich Wise Jr.
  3. Anfernee Jennings
  4. Josh Uche
  5. Keion White
  6. Williams Bradley-King

The Patriots finished 23rd in pressure rate last season, pressuring the quarterback on 32.8% of the dropbacks they faced. They finished 27th in sacks.

Matthew Judon only playing four games played a large role in those struggles.

Judon was himself when on the field, recording four sacks on only 90 pass rush snaps and posting a 17.8% pressure rate.

He will turn 32 in August and is heading into the final year of his deal, but Judon should at worst anchor this unit for another season.

Anfernee Jennings started 14 games, was on the field for 67% of the defensive snaps, and was excellent against the run.

He does not offer much as a pass rusher, but he does what the Patriots ask him to do well.

Deatrich Wise Jr, Josh Uche, and Keion White all played rotational roles with Judon out.

Uche’s sack total fell off a cliff from his 11.5 sacks in 2022, but his pressure rate was still a solid 17.1%.

The Patriots smartly brought him back on a one-year deal in free agency, and he could see more production if he can get on the field moving forward.

Wise also saw a hit to his sack total, but his pressure rate never really supported the 7.5 sacks he managed in 2022.

He does bring versatility and can hold up well against the run.

A second-round pick last year, White is the wildcard in this group.

White struggled as a rookie, getting pressure on just 6.8% of his pass rush snaps and recording one sack.

A step forward from White would help out this unit, but given the age and contract situation for Judon, adding someone here makes some sense.

Linebacker Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Ja’Whaun Bentley
  2. Jahlani Tavai
  3. Sione Takitaki
  4. Raekwon McMillan
  5. Christian Elliss
  6. Joe Giles-Harris

Ja’Whaun Bentley and Jahlani Tavai dominated snaps at linebacker last season, each playing over 70% of the defensive plays.

Bentley was not able to build on his breakout 2022, especially in coverage.

He gave up 7.7 yards per target, 54th among linebackers, after giving up 6.8 the year before.

His tackle rate on run plays fell to 17% from 20.3% in 2022 and 22.1% in 2021.

Tavai picked up the slack, allowing under 5 yards per target in coverage for the second season in a row.

Tavai is heading into the final year of his deal, which is the only real concern for him moving forward.

New England lost rotational linebacker Mack Wilson, replacing him with Sione Takitaki.

Takitaki got the most playing time of his career with the Browns last season, playing 567 quality snaps. He is a fine third option.

Raekwon McMillan will also return after spending another season on injured reserve. He can also play a rotational role if healthy.

Overall, this looks like a strength for this defense.

Cornerback Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Christian Gonzalez
  2. Jonathan Jones
  3. Marcus Jones
  4. Alex Austin
  5. Shaun Wade
  6. Marco Wilson
  7. Isaiah Bolden
  8. Azizi Hearn

New England gave up 6.6 yards per pass attempt last season, seventh in the league. They finished 19th in EPA per dropback faced, but they only managed 10 interceptions.

It was only a 3.5-game sample, but there is reason to believe the Patriots hit big on their 2023 first-round pick.

Christian Gonzalez looked the part of a No. 1 corner before suffering a torn labrum that ended his season.

Jonathan Jones is currently slated to line up opposite Gonzalez and has been a stalwart for the Patriots for several seasons.

His 7.8 yards per target allowed last season was not great, but he remains a solid player who can fill the No. 2 spot.

Like Gonzalez, we did not get a long look last season at Marcus Jones, who played in just two games.

As it stands, he likely would be the No. 3 option at corner, but the Patriots do have some youth behind him.

This unit would probably look better if everyone behind Gonzalez moved down a slot, but it is not a weakness as it stands.

Safety Depth Chart, Patriots:

  1. Kyle Dugger
  2. Jabrill Peppers
  3. Marte Mapu
  4. Jaylinn Hawkins
  5. Brenden Schooler
  6. Joshuah Bledsoe

Originally given the transition tag, Kyle Dugger and the Patriots agreed to a four-year, $58 million extension in early April.

Dugger is not coming off his best season, setting a career low with a tackle on 9.9% of his run defense snaps and giving up 7.5 yards per target in coverage.

He has established himself as a solid option, though, and should be expected to bounce back.

Jabrill Peppers gives New England a solid starting duo at safety.

Peppers was ninth among all defensive backs in yards per target allowed (4.9) and also held up well against the run.

As it stands, Dugger is slated to play on a one-year deal, and Peppers is headed into the final year of his contract.

They combined to play over 2,000 snaps last season. Of the safeties still on the roster, Marte Mapu was the closest in snaps at 204.

A third-round pick last year, Mapu is something of a hybrid who could also see time as a linebacker moving forward.

Jaylinn Hawkins was added, but he is more of a special teams player.

The Patriots look good for this season with Dugger back, but they could use some long-term depth.

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