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2021 NFL Draft: Patriots move up to pick Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore at No. 38

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Playing catch-up — 8:10 p.m.

After the Barmore pick at No. 38, here’s what’s happened since:

No. 39: Chicago — T Teven Jenkins — Oklahoma State

No. 40: Atlanta — S Richie Grant — UCF

No. 41: Detroit — DT Levi Onwuzurike — Washington

No. 42: Miami — T Liam Eichenberg — Notre Dame

No. 43: Las Vegas — S Trevon Moehrig — TCU

No. 44: Dallas — CB Kelvin Joseph — Kentucky

Social media reacts to Barmore pick — 8:03 p.m.

A quick sampling of some of the reactions on Twtitter to the Patriots’ decision to trade up to take Christian Barmore at No. 38.

Some Barmore highlights — 7:53 p.m.

You always take YouTube-generated highlights with a grain of salt. That being said, here’s a look at some work from Barmore over the last year.

A few quick thoughts on Barmore — 7:47 p.m.

-The Patriots must have really loved this guy to swap out as much draft capital as they did and move up the board. The Bengals traded No. 38 to New England for Nos. 46, 122 and 139. Patriots aren’t scheduled to pick again now until No. 96.

-A really disruptive presence who — at least at the college level — has shown an impressive ability to pressure the passer and remain stout against the run. Those 15.5 tackles for loss in two years at Alabama really stands out.

-First time New England has gone back-to-back with the same school since they got Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel in 2018.

Patriots draft DT Christian Barmore — 7:42 p.m.

After trading up, the Patriots take Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore.

Barmore is a 6-foot-5, 310-pounder who played 22 games at Alabama, and finished with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

He’s the second straight Alabama player taken by the Patriots in this year’s draft.

TRADE — 7:38 p.m.

Miami makes its mark — 7:37 p.m.

The Dolphins take the first safety of the draft at No. 36, with Jevon Holland.

Broncos grab RB at No. 35 — 7:32 p.m.

The Broncos made a deal with the Dolphins for the No. 35 spot, and Denver takes Javonte Williams, a running back out of North Carolina. Pretty sure there wasn’t much of a chance for him to drop, but if he fell for some reason — into the third round or so — I thought he would have been a possible Patriot. (Good pass catcher who might be able to step in for James White down the road.)

Jets add speedy WR Moore at No. 34 — 7:26 p.m.

The Jets take versatile Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore at No. 34, a great choice. The guy can fly, he’s tough, and has great hands—189 catches for 2,441 yards and 16 touchdowns in three years in college. New England will have its hands full facing this kid.

He was also responsible for this memorable moment in NCAA history.

For what it’s worth, the Patriots took Patrick Chung at No. 34 in 2009 and Steve Nelson at the same spot in 1974. Good pair of ballplayers.

Jags don’t take a Clemson player — 7:20 p.m.

So the Jaguars didn’t take the best available guy out of Clemson at 33. Huh. (If he had gotten a Clemson player, we would have posted the new SAT formula: Urban Meyer is to Clemson as ________ is to Rutgers.) Instead, Jacksonville went with Tyson Campbell, a defensive back out of Georgia.

Your semi-regular reminder that the Jaguars have won just 12 games since losing the 2017 AFC title game to the Patriots in Foxborough.

The Patriots pick at No. 46, which is a dozen picks away.

Wait, you said “forever”? — 6:52 p.m.

Areas of need for Pats? — 6:15 p.m.

Lot of talk out there about perceived areas of need for the Patriots heading into tonight’s second and third round. I have to believe that while wide receiver isn’t an overwhelming need, they do need some depth at the position, and a Day 2 pickup would make some sense for this group. (Elijah Moorem?) I also believe that they need to come away with a cornerback at some point — J.C. Jackson will be unrestricted after the 2021 season, and it feels like things remain a little unstable when it comes to Stephon Gilmore’s status. Not to say he’s leaving town or anything soon, but that position just feels like it could use some reinforcements.

Two more darkhorse possibilities include running back and offensive line. We’ve talked a little about the fact that 2021 may have revealed the fact that some of the tread has come off James White’s tires (his subpar season — for him — could also be attributed to dealing with an eventful year off the field)m, but if there’s a third-down back they like at No. 96, that might be the move for New England.

Mac has arrived in Foxboro — 5:55 p.m.

Read more on Jones’s blustery welcome in Foxborough from Jim McBride.

A few opening thoughts — 5:40 p.m.

-The guess here is the Patriots will trade into somewhere in the chasm between 46 and 96 for at least one more pick tonight. (You think New England might want a mulligan on that whole Bengals’ videotaping flap? Sheesh.) That’s an awful long time to go between picks. While the Patriots are always cognizant of building roster depth, there don’t appear to be a lot of spots up for grabs at this point — maybe package a couple of Day 3 choice and move up into the 60s or 70s.

-The Patriots have made two selections at No. 46 overall in back-to-back years in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, the Patriots drafted offensive tackle Adrian Klemm, and in 1999, they drafted Patriots Hall of Fame running back Kevin Faulk. The two biggest names taken 46th overall were Hall of Famers Larry Allen (by Dallas in 1994 and Jack Lambert (by Pittsburgh in 1974).

-The 96th pick is a comp pick. The Patriots have made three selections at 96, selecting defensive tackle Vincent Valentine in 2016 out of Nebraska, offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones out of South Florida in 2001 and defensive back Maurice Hurst in 1989 out of Southern University. Hurst accumulated 27 interceptions and 95 passes defensed in seven seasons with the Patriots. The most notable 96th overall pick across the league? Hall of Fame Charles Haley in 1986.

-Historically, the first round is when the Patriots take the guys they feel the most confident about — in their best years, that meant guys like Vince Wilfork and Logan Mankins. The second round is when they have gotten occasionally crazy and made some reaches. Reaches have varied, as prospects have dropped for a variety of reasons — health issues, character questions, small school prospects, or just guys who might have been position misfits in college. At their best it’s landed them guys like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jamie Collins, Deion Branch, Sebastian Vollmer, Patrick Chung and Kyle Dugger. The flip side? It’s meant fundamentally wasted picks on guys like Cyrus Jones, Jermaine Cunningham, Terrence Wheatley and Chad Jackson. So regardless of whose on the board, history says that it’ll be an interesting pick from the Patriots in the second round.

Pre-draft reading list — 5:30 p.m.

We’ll kick things off with a quick reading list to get you up-to-speed for tonight:

Ben Volin: After a gruesome 2020 campaign, Patriots have treated fans to a marvelous offseason

Jim McBride: Resetting the Patriots’ draft board: Which players might they target on Day 2 of the NFL Draft?

Dan Shaughnessy: Expect Bill Belichick to stubbornly stand by Cam Newton, and other thoughts

Jim McBride: New Patriots quarterback Mac Jones gets a blustery welcome in Foxborough

Jim McBride: NFL Draft: Patriots buck convention, select quarterback Mac Jones with No. 15 pick

Chad Finn: Drafting Mac Jones was a fine decision by the Patriots, but why did it seem … boring?

Ben Volin: A year after losing Tom Brady, the Patriots finally have a long-term plan at quarterback: Mac Jones

Christopher Price: A few thoughts on the decision to draft Mac Jones

Khari Thompson: ‘All of New England is happy with this pick’: Watch as Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick welcome Mac Jones to Patriots

Check out the order for Rounds 2-7


Christopher Price can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at cpriceglobe.

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