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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New England Patriots rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Player who benefited most from draft: OT Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots didn't draft an offensive lineman until the sixth round (William Sherman), which simplified their decision to pick up Wynn's fifth-year option for 2022 and guarantee him $10.4 million. Wynn has played 18 of a possible 48 regular-season games, as injuries have created obstacles for him in becoming the player the Patriots hoped they were getting after taking him No. 23 overall out of Georgia in 2018. When healthy, he has been mostly solid at left tackle. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

Sure, the Patriots would have "won" the draft had Justin Fields ended up in Foxborough, but that ultimately doesn't matter. Fields is in Chicago, and the Pats will move forward with Mac Jones, the Alabama star who was purportedly pegged as the third pick in the draft for weeks before the Niners pulled their rope-a-dope routine in Cleveland. Jones is known for his accuracy and decision-making, cherished traits in a Josh McDaniels offense. The question is, how long it will take Jones to crack the starting lineup? Jarrett Stidham becomes a franchise afterthought, but a camp battle between Jones and Cam Newton promises some of the best theater of the summer.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

Cam Newton is back, but first-round pick Mac Jones will present a nice challenge to be the starting quarterback. Whoever starts will be set up in a nice situation.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

They've added a slew of talent this offseason. But how do you design an offense that both serves QB Cam Newton's talents in the short term but also helps first-round QB Mac Jones get ready to play?

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Anyone else miss the "Don't sleep on Jarrett Stidham" era? There's no doubt the Patriots have upgraded their talent by adding players like Matt Judon, Kyle Van Noy and Jonnu Smith. But the most likely scenario is that this is still a below-average offense.

Josh McDaniels has had five seasons in which he's called plays for an offense that didn't have Tom Brady at quarterback. In four of those seasons, his units have finished in the bottom half of the league in offensive efficiency. It's unclear when and if Mac Jones will take over for Cam Newton. But if Jones does earn playing time, expectations should be tempered. In the last 10 years, rookie quarterbacks who saw significant action produced about 0.01 EPA per play, per TruMedia's model. To put that into context, an average rookie performance equates to about the 25th-ranked starter in the NFL. Bottom line: Being good right away is hard.

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