2024 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the New England Patriots in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Most improved: Quarterback

Signing veteran Jacoby Brissett as a placeholder until No. 3 pick Drake Maye is ready to take over seems to have the Patriots better positioned than they were last season -- with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe at the reins -- when they finished tied for last in points scored per game (13.8). Zappe and sixth-round pick Joe Milton III (Tennessee) round out the QB depth chart. Brissett has started 48 career games, and Maye's upside sparks promise for the future if New England can develop him properly. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

You wouldn't know Bill Belichick wasn't with the Patriots anymore if you looked solely at their 2024 draft haul. New England's rookie class feels eerily similar to recent groups brought in under Belichick, where many of the prospects were selected a round to a round-and-a-half before they were typically projected (save for an interesting Day 3 pick or two). That said, I don't think Belichick would've taken Drake Maye at No. 3 overall if his pre-pick analysis of the young QB is any indication. Have to think Belichick would've traded down, as was his MO. Let the record show that I am a Maye fan. But what scares me about the situation the UNC passer has landed in is the seemingly inevitable external pressure for him to play if the Pats struggle. Maye still needs some QB finishing school, and the offense overall still needs three to four quality contributors. Jerod Mayo and Co. need to navigate the young QB's development prudently.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

They drafted Drake Maye to be their franchise quarterback. The question now is when he starts. It could be Jacoby Brissett for a while.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

They're pretty much running it back with a team that went 4-13, aside from changes at quarterback and head coach. OK, so not really running it back. But, aside from whatever the plan becomes behind center, this team's success (or lack thereof) will likely stem from how it adjusts to its radically altered environment.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

The Patriots had the good fortune to be picking third in a draft that had three highly regarded quarterback prospects. And they had the good sense to simply take North Carolina's Drake Maye instead of trading the pick. New England signed Jacoby Brissett in free agency, so it can afford to give Maye plenty of time to get ready before throwing him into an offense that isn't good enough to help him as a rookie.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 29

You've got to love the vibes coming out of the draft. The Pats restocked their offense in one weekend, and now we wait to see how well it translates. The early guess is that it's not going to look as easy as it does on paper. Is Drake Maye even going to start right away over Jacoby Brissett? How quickly can these rookie receivers and linemen hit the ground running? The safe bet is there are bound to be growing pains for all these young players.

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