The New England Patriots finished the regular season as the number one seed in the AFC with a 13-3 record. Despite having the second-best record in the NFL, New England still has a few chinks in their armor they need to strengthen to continue to dominate the AFC. If you don't know where the Patriots are drafting (because, unlike the New York Jets, New England doesn't pick in the top ten every season), then check out the current NFL Draft order as of today.
Here are three positions of need for the Patriots in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Patriots secondary hasn't lived up to the expectations set in the beginning of the season when the team signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore. This season, the Patriots have allowed the fourth-most passing yards in the league with 366 per game. Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung both turn 31 in August, so drafting a safety in the first round would be smart.
This pick is predicated on whether or not cornerback Malcolm Butler heads to a new team. If Butler decides to take his talents elsewhere, then spending a high pick on a cornerback would be a smart move. The cornerback class in this year's draft is very balanced with a ton of depth, which means solid options will be available to the Patriots at the end of round one.
Tom Brady is 41 years old and soon he will no longer be the man under center for the Patriots. New England traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Fransisco 49ers and Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts this season, stripping them of any depth. In essence, New England went from having two solid backups to having an old veteran in Brian Hoyer. Drafting a young and talented quarterback that can learn from Brady will benefit this team down the road.