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Teams were ‘lurking’ on Cole Strange, Tyquan Thornton



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Mike Giardi of NFL Community reviews groups behind the Patriots have been eyeing each Cole Unusual and Tyquan Thornton within the second spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Cole Unusual. AP Photograph/Butch Dill

The intrigue across the Patriots’ first two draft picks within the 2022 NFL Draft — Cole Unusual and Tyquan Thornton — hasn’t cooled down since New England chosen them final weekend.

If something, the makes an attempt to grasp why New England reached for each gamers seemingly a number of rounds above their projected draft standing have intensified because the workforce took Unusual No. 29 total and traded up for Thornton at No. 50, taking him forward of receivers like Alex Pierce, Skyy Moore, and George Pickens.

NFL Community’s Mike Giardi suggests Invoice Belichick and his workers’s insistence that neither participant would’ve lasted for much longer on the board may need been well-founded.

“On Cole Strange, I’ve learned, per source, there was a team in the 40s that had their eyes on Strange,” Giardi tweeted. “Would they have traded up had he began Day 2 still on the board? That part is unclear. Strange definitely was getting picked in round 2 regardless.”

Some groups, just like the Los Angeles Rams, did homework on Unusual as a doable third or fourth-round choose, including gasoline to the hearth that the Patriots manner over-drafted him.

Nevertheless, it’s notable that a number of groups selecting within the high 40 — the Vikings, Buccaneers and Seahawks — had Unusual in for top-30 prospect visits earlier than the draft.

Apparently, the Bucs, who took defensive sort out Logan Corridor with the thirty third choose, took sort out Luke Goedeke later within the second spherical. The Vikings, who grabbed security Lewis Cine simply after the Patriots picked Unusual and likewise took cornerback Andrew Sales space early within the second spherical, took offensive guard Ed Ingram later within the second as properly.

Take this for what you’ll: Unusual was a extra extremely graded participant on NFL.com than both Goedeke or Ingram. Although we don’t know what the groups’ grades for them are, it’s conceivable the Patriots have been proper about Unusual not lasting lengthy (placing apart the precise worth of the choose).

The Thornton choose feels more durable to determine.

Most projections instructed Thornton would nonetheless be round on Day 3 of the draft, resulting in shock when he was chosen forward of seemingly higher receiver prospects on Day 2.

However Giardi’s report casts doubt on that as properly.

“And while we’re at it, on the Tyquan Thornton pick, league source believes there was a team lurking on the Baylor WR and perhaps a fear from the Patriots that the Steelers (at 52) were ready to pounce. So they move up 4 spots and get the speed merchant,” he wrote.

One principle: the Steelers, who grabbed Pickens at No. 52 total, thought one other workforce (together with the Patriots) would possibly take the Georgia product as a substitute and had Thornton in thoughts as a backup possibility. Whether or not the Steelers, Colts or Chiefs, who all took receivers shortly after the Patriots received Thornton, would’ve truly taken him over the prospects they received is debatable, although.

Thornton has super upside as a result of his superior pace and will properly turn into a prospect on par, if not higher, than these taken after him. But when that doesn’t occur, the comparisons between Thornton and the receivers taken after him may canine Belichick for the remainder of his profession.





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