Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots passing game is already poised to be much better in 2020 than it was then. If NFL analyst Albert Breer is right, it will be the 29th. April got another boost.

You’d think DeVonta Smith, the Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver, would be the front-runner at his position, but looking at some recent mock drafts, LSU’s JaMarr Chase is projected to be ahead of Bama’s economical and productive wideout.

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Chase is a phenomenal prospect, so it’s understandable, but you have to wonder if Smith ranks higher on the team’s draft boards than his college teammate Jaylen Waddle.

If teams needing WRs prefer Waddle to Smith, who some find too thin, there’s a chance a Heisman Trophy winner is available if the Patriots pick 15 if they don’t move up to find their QB of the future.

Albert Breer of NBC Sports Boston talked about Smith’s approach with the Patriots. He calls Smith his type. Here’s an excerpt from the video.

@AlbertBreer explains why he thinks the #Patriots will select Alabama receiver DeVonte Smith if he’s still in the picture at #15 in the NFL Draft

– NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) March 31, 2021

Smith had an outstanding junior season for the national champions. He caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and an untold 23 TDs in just 13 games.

He should be the guy for every team.

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Imagine considering giving the Patriots weapons in 2021.

If New England selects Smith, an excellent route runner with good hands, we would see a near-total transformation. New England would pair him with a group of wide receivers already consisting of Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourn, Jacoby Meyers and Julian Edelman (assuming he’s healthy); Bill Belichick and his companions would assemble a strong foursome at the top-4 position.

Mix in newly acquired tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, and catch a pass from running back James White, and the Patriots go from a team without a man in 2020 to a team with a strong air force in 2021.

Smith has similar potential to Marvin-Harrison, so it’s hard to calculate his value to New England or any other NFL offense.

Patriots might have to trade for a Smith

In most spots, someone in the top 10 jumps on Smith. With the Patriots at #15, it looks like they will have to take a shot if they want Smith.

That seems to be the case for most of the more attractive names in the draft. The 15th. Pick seems like a poor choice to recruit players whose names appeal most to fans. After an aggressive offseason, will Belichick take a similar approach to drafting?

If not, Patriots fans can get used to the fact that Smith has played for the other team throughout his NFL career.

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