Patriots 7-round Mock Draft 1.0: Drake Maye selected No. 3, jumpstarts post-Belichick era in Foxborough

The New England Patriots find their future star quarterback in Drake Maye. Learn why Maye's arm talent, ability to extend plays, and readiness to start Day 1 make him the ideal choice.

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New England Patriots get legit at wide receiver with Xavier Legette

The Patriots will settle a need in the first round by selecting their quarterback, they will compliment Drake Maye in the second round by selecting wide receiver Xavier Legette with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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Folks, this will be no N’Keal Harry or Tyquan Thornton bust.  Legette it legit and will finally give the Patriots a young wide receiver target on the outside.  At 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, the South Carolina product dazzled in his fifth year of college edibility with 113 catches for 1,678 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With a great combination of size and athleticism, Legette also exabits a speed that will make him an effective target downfield, which the Patriots offense is desperately hungry for. At 22 years old, this physical wide receiver should be ready to make an impact right away in a Patriots offense that is coming off one of the worst offensive seasons in NFL history.

Marcus Allen, Xavier Legette
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This is a pick Patriots fans will love.  Here is what Bleacher Report had to say about the South Carolina prospect:

“Xavier Legette was a late bloomer in college, but one with an NFL-ready frame and ball skills. He lined up all over the field for South Carolina, though he was primarily an outside receiver with vertical responsibilities.

While Legette lacks quickness and refinement at the line of scrimmage, he makes up for it with his long speed. He has enough juice to consistently threaten down the field on go routes, posts and deep crossing routes once he starts striding out. He is also a bully-style yards-after-the-catch player thanks to his ample speed and strong build.”

With Demario Douglas exhibiting the quickness and shiftiness, adding a bigger, physical receiver like Legette should be a boost to the Patriots’ offense in 2024.