May 18, 2024

Patriots

The Patriots will want a couple of NFC groups to begin posting wins to assist their draft odds.

Invoice Belichick and the Patriots at present have the fifth general decide within the 2024 NFL Draft. Barry Chin / The Boston Globe

For all the distress that Patriots followers are at present trudging by in the course of the 2023 season, a few of that ache could be assuaged if New England lands a franchise-altering expertise in subsequent spring’s 2024 NFL Draft.

At 2-7, the Patriots at present sit on the backside of the AFC standings forward of what’s projected to be a loaded draft class — particularly on the offensive facet of the ball.

But when the Patriots wish to be reasonable gamers for a lauded QB expertise like Caleb Williams or Drake Maye — or arguably essentially the most full large receiver prospect in current reminiscence in Marvin Harrison Jr. — New England goes to wish a couple of NFC cellar-dwellers to begin stacking some wins down the stretch.

Even with their ugly 20-17 loss to a tanking Washington Commanders group, New England hasn’t moved up the draft leaderboard because it appears to the long run.

Right here is the up to date 2024 NFL Draft order, as of Monday night. 

1. Arizona Cardinals (1-7)

2. Chicago Bears (through 1-7 Carolina Panthers)

3. Chicago Bears (2-7)

4. New York Giants (2-7)

5. New England Patriots (2-7)

6. Los Angeles Rams (3-6)

7. Inexperienced Bay Packers (3-5)

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

9. Denver Broncos (3-5)

10. Tennessee Titans (3-5)

The one potential change with this top-10 grouping throughout Monday Evening Soccer can be if the 3-4 Chargers fall to the New York Jets. One other loss would see the Chargers leapfrog the Titans for the No. 10 general spot.

New England ending with a top-five decide might give them a blue-chip prospect for the long run. However given the QB woes at present current with the Cardinals, Bears, and Giants, it does seem to be high sign callers in Williams and Maye shall be off the board by decide No. 5.

And with Chicago additionally holding the 1-7 Panthers’ decide as nicely, it wouldn’t come as a lot of a shock if the Bears decide to pair their subsequent QB1 with an elite pass-catching risk like Harrison Jr.

Granted, New England ought to nonetheless be in a spot to accumulate an influence participant on offense with decide No. 5, be it a left deal with like Penn State’s Olu Fashanu or Notre Dame’s Joe Alt, a QB like Oregon’s Bo Nix or Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., or a wideout resembling Florida State’s Keon Coleman.

Extra losses on the horizon ought to additional bolster New England’s odds of a better spot within the draft order, however extra wins for the Cardinals, Bears, Panthers, and Giants may even assist the Patriots’ long-term targets.

New England might additionally leapfrog the Giants on the draft leaderboard if New York defeats the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 26.