Meet the Patriots’ 2021 NFL draft class (so far)

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Henry McKenna
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The New England Patriots have put together a very exciting draft class, with a franchise-altering pick in the first round round.

Yup, they took a quarterback, one that will compete with Cam Newton for the starting job in 2021 — but also the rookie could someday become the face of the franchise, ushering a new era after the departure of Tom Brady.

After taking that quarterback on day 1, Belichick addressed a pair of problems on defense on day 2, with a stout interior defender in round 2 and tweener edge player in round 3. Belichick even traded up to get ahold of the defensive tackle, a sign the Patriots coach thinks he presented great value at 38th overall. To kick off day 3, the Patriots took a running back. (Yes, another running back.)

So let’s take a look at these guys. Meet the 2021 Patriots rookies.

Round 1, pick 15: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

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After the San Francisco 49ers took Trey Lance over Mac Jones -- with the two QBs being finalists for that third-overall pick -- Jones slid to the Patriots at 15th. Jones finished 2020 with a college football record 77.4% completion rate, 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Round 2, pick 38: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

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New England traded up to get Barmore. The Patriots swapped he 46th, 122nd and 139th picks with the Cincinnati Bengals' 38th overall pick. In 2020, he had 37 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three pass deflections.

Round 3, pick 96: Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma

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New England stayed put at 96th overall, a compensatory pick. That's where they landed former Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins, who will likely move to outside linebacker in New England. After serving a five-game suspension in 2020, he managed 23 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, nine hurries and 5.5 sacks in just five games.

Round 3, pick 120: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma

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The Patriots added a between-the-tackles bruiser in Stevenson. He had 101 carries for 665 yards and seven touchdowns in six games in 2020. Stevenson also had 18 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown in Oklahoma’s win over Florida in the Cotton Bowl,

Round 5, pick 177: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

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The Patriots drafted inside linebacker McGrone, a 6-foot-1, 235 pound prospect. Though he suffered an ACL injury in 2020, he may be a starter at inside linebacker as soon as 2022. He finished his college career with 91 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

Round 6, pick 188: Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri

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New England made Bledsoe their first pick in the sixth round. The 6-foot, 200 pound defensive back logged 130 tackles, one interception and 18 pass breakups in his four years playing at Missouri. He can play both safety and slot cornerback.

Round 6, pick 197: William Sherman, OT, Colorado

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New England added its first rookie on the offensive line at the end of the sixth round. The Patriots picked Sherman, a player who jumped between right and left tackle in 27 starts and 30 appearances. He didn't miss a single game over the last three seasons. He's somewhat undersized for a tackle in the NFL, so he may move to guard.

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