Daniel Jeremiah lays out ‘home run’ selections for Patriots at pick No. 21

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The 2022 NFL Draft is a week away and the New England Patriots will be faced with some difficult decisions.

Bill Belichick has the No. 21 pick and he needs help at the cornerback, linebacker and wide receiver positions. The Patriots also need to work on the interior offensive line following the departures of Shaq Mason and Ted Karras.

Fortunately, this draft is deep with players in the four aforementioned positions and the Patriots have an opportunity to get value in the later rounds. But, as for the No. 21 pick — NFL Media’s lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah identified two of the best players the Patriots can select.

“Obviously, Jameson Williams would be a home-run pick,” Jeremiah said. “That would be somebody they would have great info on with Nick (Saban)’s connection there to Bill (Belichick). That to me would be a fun one.

“I think you look on the defensive side of the ball, if you want to talk about a real playmaker on defense, I know linebacker — off-the-ball linebacker — has been a little bit undervalued recently. But, man, Devin Lloyd, for all the different things he can do, he kind of just feels like a Patriot-type player with the size, the length, the versatility, the intelligence, the leadership. All that stuff kind of screams Patriot to me.

“Those are kind of a couple examples, but I just think, again, faster, more dynamic, more explosive has got to be an area they’ve got to look at in this draft.”

Lloyd would make an immediate impact and Williams would also, as long as there’s no setbacks in his recovery from his ACL tear.

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