As we count down to the 2019 NFL draft, we’ll take the measure of the Patriots by position and offer up six prospects at each spot on the field that should be available early (first round), middle (second day) and late (third day). Let's take a look at the special teamers.
The Patriots started the offseason with a great deal of uncertainty on special teams — Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen and Cordarrelle Patterson were free agents, and it wasn’t known if Matthew Slater was going to return for 2019. Turns out Gostkowski, Allen and Slater have all re-upped for at least one more season. At the same time, the Patriots are (again) looking for a kick returner. And while Braxton Berrios might be able to challenge as a punt return candidate, another layer of depth there is always a good thing. With the understanding that we’ve profiled some of these guys before as receiver possibilities, let’s dig into their special teams potential with the Patriots.