December 6, 2023


The Patriots may very well be in a spot to pick an influence participant like Drake Maye or Marvin Harrison Jr. in April.

Caleb Williams will possible be a top-three choose in April. (AP Picture/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Patriots appear to seek out new methods to backside out with every passing week throughout the 2023 season.

But when there’s one silver lining that Patriots followers can draw from a depressing 2-8 begin, it’s that continued stretches of ineptitude ought to put New England ready to draft a possible franchise star throughout the 2024 NFL Draft.

Sunday marked yet one more brutal outcome for the Patriots, who fell to the Colts, 10-6, in Frankfurt, Germany.

It was an unpleasant end for a Patriots offense that’s been on the ropes all 12 months, with Mac Jones getting benched for the third time in 10 video games this season after relinquishing a expensive red-zone interception within the fourth quarter.

However Sunday’s loss abroad — coupled with a couple of wins from different NFL cellar-dwellers in Week 10 — have put New England in place to safe a top-three choose subsequent April.

With New England developing quick in opposition to Indy and the Cardinals — bolstered by the return of QB Kyler Murray — defeating the Falcons on Sunday, New England has leapfrogged Arizona on the 2024 draft order.

Right here’s a have a look at the present draft order, in accordance with Tankathon. 

1. Chicago Bears (through 1-8 Carolina Panthers)

2. New York Giants (2-8)

3. New England Patriots (2-8)

4. Arizona Cardinals (2-8)

5. Chicago Bears (3-7)

6. Inexperienced Bay Packers (3-6)

7. Los Angeles Rams (3-6)

8. Tennessee Titans (3-6)

9. Denver Broncos (3-5)

10. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

Although the Patriots, Giants and Cardinals are all tied with a 2-8 document, New England holds the sting over the Cardinals attributable to power of schedule. When data are tied, the group with the decrease opponents’ profitable share receiving the upper choose.

New England may drop again right down to the fourth choose primarily based on the outcomes of Monday Evening Soccer’s assembly between the Payments and Broncos.

Although the Broncos can’t soar far up into the highest of the draft board with a loss, a win for Buffalo would influence each the Patriots’ and Giants’ power of schedule.

Within the midst of a misplaced season, New England’s subsequent recreation may maintain loads of draft-related ramifications — because the Patriots will tackle the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 26.

One other loss for the Patriots in opposition to New York may vault them into a possible top-two choose, permitting them to pick at the very least one blue-chip quarterback in USC’s Caleb Williams or UNC’s Drake Maye.