BOSTON (CBS) — The 2019 NFL Draft has concluded. How was it for you?
For the Patriots, it was a very busy weekend — slightly busier than usual. The Patriots made their usual series of trades and swaps to move up and down the board, they made a healthy number of selections, and they also threw in the fifth-round selection of a punter for good measure. In total, the Patriots made 10 selection, their highest total since 2015, when they drafted 11 players. Prior to that, the last time the Patriots hit double-digits on their selections was 2010.
Here’s a complete recap of all 10 players the Patriots selected in this year’s draft.
No. 32 overall
Wide Receiver N’Keal Harry
Arizona State University
Patriots fans who stayed up late for the conclusion on the first round were rewarded with an actually exciting pick. The big-bodied receiver said that he loves to go up and fight for footballs, and he figures to be capable of being the rare receiver who can contribute as a rookie in Tom Brady’s and Josh McDaniels’ offense.
No. 45 overall
Cornerback Joejuan Williams
The Patriots must have really wanted Williams, because they traded up to get him. (Five cornerbacks had gone off the board between picks No. 30 and No. 40.) The 6-foot-4 corner made four interceptions and earned Second Team All-SEC honors last year. The Patriots traded picks No. 56 and No. 101 to the Rams to move into this spot.
No. 77 overall
Defensive End Chase Winovich
The Patriots occasionally draft players who aren’t well-known to most football fans, but that was certainly not the case with this pick. Winovich was hard to miss on the field for the Wolverines, with his tremendous mane and relentless motor. Winovich had five sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss as a senior last season, earning Second Team All-American honors.
No. 87 overall
Running Back Damien Harris
After using a first-round pick on Sony Michel last year, the Patriots once again used a relatively high pick on a running back this year. Harris was a highly productive rusher in each of the past three seasons for the Crimson Tide, averaging 971 rushing yards per season. He ran for 11 TDs as a junior and nine more as a senior.
No. 101 overall
Tackle Yodny Cajuste
Yodny Cajuste was a three-year starter for the Mountaineers, starting 30 of his 31 collegiate games. Cajuste was the 13th tackle taken in the draft. At 6-foot-4 and 312 pounds, he figures to be in the mix to at least make the roster as a rookie.
No. 118 overall
Guard/Center Hjalte Froholdt
Certainly among the most interesting names of the draft, Froholdt is also quite the character. He told Patriots reporters that he had a childhood dream of becoming … an art thief? The Denmark native was extremely excited to be drafted by the Patriots, and he is well-known to former Arkansas coach/current Patriots coaching consultant Bret Bielema. (His name is pronounced “YELL-duh,” by the way.)
No. 133 overall
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham
It’s always big news when the Patriots draft a quarterback. A lot of people like Stidham, but of course, he has a long way to go before anyone starts throwing around the “Tom Brady Successor” tag. At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, Stidham threw 48 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions in his career, while completing 64.3 percent of his passes for an average of 8.5 yards per attempt. Stidham joins a depth chart with Brady, Brian Hoyer, and last year’s seventh-round pick, Danny Etling.
No. 159 overall
Defensive Tackle Byron Cowart
Perhaps a bit of an off-the-board pick, the Pats used No. 159 overall to pick Byron Cowart, who didn’t exactly have a ton of production across his three years at Auburn and his one year at Maryland. He had just three sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss in 26 collegiate games. Most of that production, though, came in his senior season, when he also picked off a pair of passes. The Patriots must believe he’s a bit of a late bloomer.
No. 163 overall
Punter Jake Bailey
Most teams don’t draft punters. Most teams don’t draft punters when they already have a veteran punter under contract. Most teams do not trade up in order to draft a punter in the fifth round.
Most teams are not the Patriots.
This was the Patriots’ final pick for a very long time, too, as they didn’t have another selection for another 83 spots.
No. 252 overall
Cornerback Ken Webster
The Patriots concluded their draft festivities by making one of the final picks of the entire draft when they selected cornerback Ken Webster out of Ole Miss. He made three interceptions with 20 passes defensed in his four years at Ole Miss. He missed the 2016 season due to a torn knee, but he returned to play eight games in 2017 and nine games in 2018.