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New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New England Patriots from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Patriots:

EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)

15. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Patriots have a league-low eight passing touchdowns in 2020; the last time a team had single-digit passing touchdowns was 2012 (Kansas City Chiefs, eight). Regardless of who's under center in 2021, the team needs to improve its weapons. Waddle is a dynamic playmaker that had 120-plus receiving yards in the first four games of the season before breaking his ankle.

San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)

15. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Cam Newton isn't the long-term answer at quarterback and Bill Belichick clearly doesn't believe in Jarrett Stidham. Jones benefits from a great supporting cast in Tuscaloosa, but he's an accurate, decisive passer who has a QBR of 95.6 (first in the nation) and will likely finish top two in the Heisman Trophy race.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)

14. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Tight end is becoming one of the toughest positions for rookies to learn in the NFL. Players are used in completely different ways in the college game than they are in the professional game, and it often takes a season or more for a tight end to make their impact.

Kyle Pitts has the potential to buck that trend in the right offense. New England can be that system. An offense that looks to create and then exploit mismatches gets the supreme mismatch weapon perhaps in the entire class. Pitts is a tight end in name only, as you might as often see him aligned in the slot or along the boundary. Sure, many Patriots fans are looking for a quarterback, but perhaps a quarterback's best friend is just as good an option.

PFF - Gayle (12/29)

14. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

The Cam Newton experiment has not panned out in New England. Through Week 16, he ranks just 26th in PFF passing grade (67.1). Jones is currently outperforming Tua in what is still a loaded ‘Bama offense and currently ranks second behind BYU's Wilson in PFF grade (95.3) among all FBS quarterbacks.

CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)

15. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Jones may not be as athletic as Lawrence, Wilson, Fields or Lance but he's legit. He's proven it week in and week out for Alabama. Jones has been a lethal deep-ball passer all season and he always makes good decisions with the ball. It's probably fair to say that the Patriots won't be signing Cam Newton to a long-term deal and meanwhile Jones is generating buzz around the league.

Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)

15. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Not many prospects have elevated their draft stock more than Toney. He might not have the long speed of the Rondale Moore's and Jaylen Waddle's of the world, but his contact balance and ability to change direction make him look like a pinball out there bouncing off tacklers on his way to the end zone.

Toney is a weapon that will help Josh McDaniels get the ball out of the hands of whatever mediocre quarterback is arm-punting passes for the Patriots in 2021.

PFF - Renner (12/23)

15. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Smith falls all the way to 15 not because of talent, but because yet another deep receiver class will likely cause teams to pass early in the draft, knowing they can get one on the wrap. However, with how big of a need it is for New England, they don't have that luxury. Smith currently owns a 94.3 receiving grade, so he could very well break the PFF College single-season record for receiving grade by a wide receiver.

Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)

15. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Bill Belichick tabs his quarterback of the future. Jones' deep ball is a thing of beauty, and he is more agile in the pocket than given credit for. In fact, you could argue he shows a lot of the traits with which Jimmy Garoppolo intrigued the Patriots early in his career. A younger, cheaper and potentially better version of a quarterback this front office loved.

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