3 Players The New England Patriots Will Most Likely Select With Pick #23 In The First Round Of The 2018 NFL Draft

The Patriots rumors are growing around who New England will select in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots have the 31st overall pick in the draft after finishing 13-3 last season and falling to the Eagles in the Super Bowl. The Patriots showed they still have a few chinks in their armor they need to strengthen to continue to dominate the AFC. With two first-round picks following a trade with the Rams, the Patriots are hoping to land two impact players to address those needs. The pick that will be focussed on in this article is, pick #23. Here are three players the Patriots could select with pick #23 in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft:

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1.) Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama Crimson Tide

The Patriots need to find talent at the linebacker position to bolster that defense. As such, expect the Patriots to use their first-round pick on a player at the position. If Evans is on the board, they'll take him due to his athleticism, ability in coverage, and reliable tackling. This is something the Patriots greatly missed last season.

2.) Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State Cowboys

If the Patriots decide to target their eventual replacement for Brady, Rudolph could be the guy they target. He has the size NFL teams covet, checking in at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds with functional mobility. He doesn't have the best arm in the class, but it's more than strong enough and he's best deep ball thrower in the group. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards, 37 touchdowns, and nine picks.

1.) Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville Cardinals

Why not Lamar Jackson? His athleticism is an obvious upside, along with his cannon for an arm. Jackson has been inconsistent with his accuracy, footwork, and reading defenses, but being able to learn under Brady and Belichick would make him a starting-caliber quarterback sooner rather than later.

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