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With the thirty-second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select…

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logo_NE  32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr.  TE | Alabama

Alas we’ve reached the final pick of our 2019 NFL Mock Draft (and with less than an hour to spare too!) The New England Patriots are on the clock here at pick #32 after winning their who the fuck cares number Super Bowl in the last two decades. All that matters is the Eagles got that dub in 2018. It seems like every year NFL analysts begin questioning the Patriots play and think that their dynasty has finally ended and every year we’re proven wrong. Head coach Bill Belichick’s preparation and game plan week in and week out is unmatched, quarterback Tom Brady does not age, and no matter how many coaches or players leave in the offseason, they fully embrace that next man up mentality. This offseason has been no different. Pro bowl (and maybe future hall of famer?) tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially retired. Backup tight end Dwayne Allen along with cornerback Eric Rowe, have followed former Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores to Miami. Left tackle Trent Brown gone. Wide receivers Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson gone and gone. Defensive linemen Adrian Clayborn, Trey Flowers, and Malcolm Brown, gone, gone, gone. There are a lot of holes on this Patriots depth chart now that would start to make you think, there’s no way this team makes it back to the Super Bowl. Famous last words. The Patriots haven’t completely sat out this offseason, bringing in veteran defensive end Michael Bennett in a trade with Philly and signing receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but New England will have to do more than that if they hope to continue their reign over the league.

The chance I get this pick right is a fraction of 1%. No one knows what the Patriots are thinking and when you think you do, they just go ahead and do something completely different to throw you off. Will they trade up? Will they trade down? Will they try to draft a successor to Brady? Will they take a receiver? A defensive lineman? A corner? A tight end? Your guess is as good as mine. At the end of the day, Gronk is gone and that tight end position is so crucial to to what this Patriots team does on offense. Seferian-Jenkins should help but he’s only on a one-year deal and the Pats like to line up in two tight end sets pretty often so they’ll need another guy. There are a lot of good players left on the board in this scenario like Georgia corner Deandre Baker, wide receivers A.J. Brown and Parris Campbell, and we haven’t even talked about Mississippi State’s defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons. Simmons is a top 5 prospect in this draft class but I expect to see him come off the board on day two do to a torn ACL he suffered during the draft prep process as well as a history of character concerns. I’m going with the safe pick here in Alabama tight end Irv Smith, and officially putting a bow on this mock draft.