Patriots formally clinch the No. 3 decide in 2024 NFL Draft


The Patriots will decide No. 3 total following their loss to the Jets and Washington’s loss to Dallas.

New England Patriots fans with a sign for head coach Bill Belichick in the second half. The Jets defeat the Patriots, 17-3, at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots will decide third total within the 2024 NFL Draft. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Workers)

After a disastrous 2023 season, hope sits on the horizon for the New England Patriots. Following Sunday’s loss to the Jets — and the Washington Commanders’ 38-10 loss to the Cowboys only a few hours later — the Patriots have formally clinched the third total decide within the 2024 NFL Draft.

Consequently, the Patriots could possibly be ready to draft a blue-chip quarterback like LSU’s Jayden Daniels or a possible No. 1 wideout like Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. Two different elite quarterbacks in USC’s Caleb Williams and UNC’s Drake Maye are at the moment projected to go along with the primary two picks within the draft.

New England secured no decrease than the third-overall decide as quickly because it fell to the Jets, 17-3, in Sunday’s season finale at a snowy Gillette Stadium. However the Patriots nonetheless had an opportunity to leapfrog Washington and sit at No. 2 on the draft leaderboard if the Commanders beat the Cowboys.

New England, Washington, and the Arizona Cardinals all sit at 4-13 on the season. However the first tie-breaker to find out draft place is power of schedule (SOS), with Washington holding the slight edge over each the Patriots and Cardinals.

The workforce with the weaker power of schedule will maintain the upper decide, with Washington pacing the pack with an SOS of .512. New England completed simply behind the Commanders at .523, whereas Arizona will finally earn the No. 4 decide as a consequence of an SOS of .561.

New England might nonetheless relinquish further property and commerce as much as decide No. 1 or 2 if the franchise is about on one in every of Williams or Maye — particularly if a workforce just like the Chicago Bears (who possess the No. 1 decide as a consequence of holding onto the Panthers’ first-round choice) is about on holding Justin Fields at QB. 

However even when New England misses out on Williams/Maye, there will probably be no scarcity of interesting choices for the Patriots to select from as soon as they land on the clock on April 25. 

Probably the most urgent query now could be who will probably be calling the photographs on that first-round decide — Invoice Belichick, or one other govt in Foxborough?

Right here is the order for the top-10 picks within the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, per Tankathon. 

1. Chicago Bears (through Carolina – 2-15)

2. Washington Commanders (4-13)

3. New England Patriots (4-13)

4. Arizona Cardinals (4-13)

5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-12)

6. New York Giants (6-11)

7. Tennessee Titans (6-11)

8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

9. Chicago Bears (7-10)

10. New York Jets (7-10)