New England added some very good players in 2015

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Rex Burkhead Jerseys 2019 , but only four remain on the team."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL Free AgencyPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots Free Agency CoverageOnly four players remain of the Patriots’ 2015 rookie classNew,30commentsNew England added some very good players in 2015, but only four remain on the team.EDTShareTweetShareShareOnly four players remain of the Patriots’ 2015 rookie classMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe New England Patriots entered the 2015 NFL draft with eight picks in hand, but ultimately came away with eleven selected players after making two trades during the event. When all was said and done, the then-reigning world champions brought the following men on board during the seven rounds of the draft:Patriots 2015 draft classRoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollegeRoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollegeOf those eleven men, only two are still left on the team’s roster after the last week saw both first-round selection Malcom Brown (#32 overall) and fourth-round pick Trey Flowers (#101 overall) leave via unrestricted free agency: fourth-rounder Shaq Mason (#131 overall) and fifth-rounder Joe Cardona (#166) are the lone representatives of the Patriots’ 2015 draft class that can still be found on the team’s roster.Both Mason and Cardona, of course, earned contract extensions to outlive their rookie deals. The Patriots’ starting right guard was signed to a five-year, $45 million extension last August that will keep him with the team through the 2023 season. By the time Mason’s deal with announced, Cardona’s was already two months old: the long snapper signed a four-year, $4.3 million extension with New England in June.Brown and Flowers never got to that point and instead made it to the open market from which they were relatively quickly taken again: Brown, a de facto starter at defensive tackle for fours seasons, signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Flowers White Adam Butler Jerseys , who grew from a day-three selection into one of the NFL’s premier edge defenders, signed a massive five-year, $90 million contract with the Detroit Lions.At least, however, both men played out their rookie deals and will thus contribute to the compensatory draft picks formula. The majority of New England’s 2015 draft class did not make it that far. Take the club’s second selection that year, safety Jordan Richards, who failed to developed into much more than a special teamer and was traded to the Atlanta Falcons ahead of the 2018 season for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2020.Richards is one of two players who left the Patriots ahead of this year’s free agency to actually bring a return value to the club. The other player was tight end A.J. Derby, whom New England traded to the Denver Broncos during the 2016 season for a fifth-round draft pick the following year — one that was later re-invested into Buffalo Bills restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee.The other five drafted players were simply let go by the team: Geneo Grissom spent most of his Patriots tenure moving between the active roster and practice squad before ultimately ending up with the Indianapolis Colts. Tre’ Jackson started nine games in 2015 but was released after missing all of 2016 due to injury; he ended up with the Los Angeles Rams and is now a member of the AAF’s Orlando Apollos.Darryl Roberts, meanwhile, spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after hurting his hand in preseason. One year later, he was released during final roster cutdowns despite an encouraging performance in training camp. He was then claimed by the New York Jets and carved out a nice role with the team since. Last week, the former seventh-round draft pick signed a three-year, $18 million contract extension with the club.The two remaining draft picks, Matthew Wells and Xzavier Dickson Adam Butler Jerseys 2019 , never made it through roster cuts in 2015.One player that also did not do that was an undrafted free agent that made his way to the practice squad and later the active roster — and that is now the third player to still be on the team from New England’s 2015 rookie class: linebacker/safety hybrid Brandon King, one of the Patriots’ premier special teamers.Playing exclusively in the kicking game, King appeared in 68 games since 2015 and last offseason earned a two-year, $2.6 million contract extension — before Cardona and Mason saw new deals come their way. He was still not the first member of the club’s 2015 rookies to get a new contract: that honor belongs to the fourth player still remaining from the group on today’s Patriots roster, center David Andrews.Like King, Andrews made his mark as an undrafted free agent and actually began the year as a starter until the injured Bryan Stork returned to the lineup. One year later, he won the competition for the role and never looked back: the Georgia after starting 11 games during his rookie year, Andrews made 55 starts since and establishing himself as one of the NFL’s better young centers. Along the way, he earned a three-year, $9 million extension in 2017.Together with special teamers Brandon King and Joe Cardona, and one of the NFL’s other outstanding offensive linemen, Shaq Mason, Andrews is still holding the flag of the class of ‘15 high. And even though Brown, Flowers and the rest of the players did not find long-term stability in New England White Elandon Roberts Jerseys , the team’s 2015 rookies were still an impressive group considering their track record: six of them played major roles on two championship teams, and four have signed second contracts with the organization. In today’s NFL that qualifies as a solid haul. Could another New England-San Francisco trade be on the horizon?"On day two of last year’s draft, the New England Patriots made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers: the club sent a third-round pick to the 49ers to acquire offensive tackle Trent Brown as well as a fifth-round selection that would later turn into linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley. The trade was a massive one for the Patriots as Brown became their starting left tackle while Bentley showed plenty of promise before a season-ending injury.One year after the move, the Patriots should again have interest in one of the 49ers’ players: according to a report by Pro Football Talk, San Francisco is shopping defensive edge Solomon Thomas just two years after drafting him third overall. While the 23-year-old appeared in 30 games for the club over the last two seasons, he failed to improve from year one to year two and live up to the expectations of being a high first-round draft pick.With Nick Bosa potentially available with the second overall pick, the 49ers are reportedly ready to move on from Thomas and New England should give old friend John Lynch, San Francisco’s general manager, a call. After all, Thomas is a tremendous but at times miscast talent, that could benefit greatly from a change of scenery. The Patriots would represent one and in turn likely find a role for the athletically gifted but inconsistent defender.New England, of course, lost its top edge defender — Trey Flowers — to the Detroit Lions in free agency. And despite adding Michael Bennett via trade and having Deatrich Wise Jr. and John Simon return, the group could benefit from a young developmental option with high upside. Thomas would be just that Elandon Roberts Jerseys 2019 , despite his so far underwhelming and potentially soon-ending two-year stint with the 49ers.“Thomas shows repeatedly that he at least knows how to defeat blockers both inside and out, against the run and against the pass,” wrote former NFL player and SB Nation analyst Stephen White about Thomas during 2017’s pre-draft process. “He’s a physical specimen with a decent level of technique. It’s going to come down to whether teams think he will fix his effort issues on the next level, and, since his hands aren’t likely to grow any more at this point, if he can get his hands stronger.”Effort is a key point here, as Thomas was prone to take plays off in college — a trait that has gotten better at the next level. However, he has still not grown into the player he should be given his athleticism and physical makeup: despite his talents and getting plenty of chances as a starting defensive end in San Francisco’s defense, the Stanford product notched only a combined 4.0 sacks between his 2017 rookie campaign and last year.That being said, the upside is undoubtably there and New England would have the ammunition to make a move.The Patriots have twelve draft picks — six of which in the first three rounds — and could afford to part with at least one of them with a player of Thomas’ caliber available; it is highly unlikely that this many rookies would make the team to begin with. Investing in a player like Thomas might therefore be a smart move, similar to trading for Brown one year ago.

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