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"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 CoveragePatriots 2019 free agency profile: New England’s deep cornerback group hurts Eric Rowe’s chances for a returnNew Chris Hogan Jerseys 2019 ,9commentsRowe’s time with the Patriots might come to an end after three years.ESTShareTweetShareSharePatriots 2019 free agency profile: New England’s deep cornerback group hurts Eric Rowe’s chances for a returnJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsThe New England Patriots ended the 2018 season in the best possible way, by defeating the Los Angeles Rams to win Super Bowl 53. In order to stay on top of the NFL mountain, though, the organization will have to quickly turn the page to get itself into a position to create the best possible team for the 2019 season. And a big part of building such a team is mastering the upcoming free agency.If judged by the list of free agents to be, New England’s front office will be busy over the next week before the new league year officially is kicked off on March 13. Also over the next week, we will take a look at the free agents-to-be to find out who may or may not get re-signed by the Patriots; and who should be a part of the 2019 squad. Today, we’ll continue the series with cornerback Eric Rowe.#25 Eric Rowe2019 opening day age: 262018 playing time: 4 regular season games; 48.4% defensive snaps (pre-injury)2018 statistics: 10 tackles; 7 catches of 11 targets, 106 yards, 2 touchdowns2018 cap number: .10 millionAfter the free agency departure of Malcolm Butler, Eric Rowe earned the Patriots’ number two cornerback role to open the 2018 season. In only the second game of the season, however, he suffered a groin injury that kept him out of the next three games. Rowe returned in week six, but played a limited role as New England’s fourth cornerback. He appeared the following week as well before returning to inactivity, and ultimately being placed on injured reserve in late October.Why should he be re-signed? Rowe has generally been a solid option as a second or third cornerback for the Patriots when on the field, and his past productivity in combination with three years worth of experience in New England’s system could still have value to the club. Furthermore, the former second-round draft pick has upside as a bigger cornerback able to play in a press-man scheme.Why should he be let go? Even though the Patriots lost Rowe midway through the 2018 season, their defensive backfield did not skip a beat — quite the opposite: the cornerback group of Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones alongside number one Stephon Gilmore was one of the best in football even without the veteran. Rowe’s lengthy injury history is also not helping his chances for a return.Projection: While Rowe displayed plenty of potential time and again during his three seasons with the Patriots, New England’s deep cornerback group in combination with his injury history will likely prompt the team to go another direction. Rowe will likely leave the club to sign a two-year contract elsewhere, worth around .0 million per year. Four quarterbacks are certain to go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, all of them early.Five might be off the board midway through the top 32 picks. And, who knows given the desperation pro teams are displaying about finding that franchise QB, we could see six of them go on opening night.Barring trades — and there will be a few of them — here’s one attempt at a mock draft.1. ClevelandOnce more, the Browns try to find their long-term guy at the key offensive position. There are plenty of positives and enough negatives about the top four quarterbacks to make this a crapshoot. We’ll roll with the QB with the most upside …JOSH ALLEN, QB, WYOMING2. New York GiantsDespite the screams from Big Blue fans to find the replacement for Eli Manning, the Giants believe he has two or three very good years left. So do we. Helping Manning recapture the glory will be the highest-rated player in the entire draft.SAQUON BARKLEY White Eric Rowe Jerseys , RB, PENN STATE3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)They traded to this spot with one express purpose: finding the next Joe Namath. Or a reasonable facsimile.SAM DARNOLD, QB, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA4. Cleveland (from Houston)The Browns took a stud defensive end last year at the top in Myles Garrett. They get to bookend him with this crop’s top defensive player.BRADLEY CHUBB, DE, NORTH CAROLINA STATE5. DenverMany teams will call the Broncos when they see that two of the hyped quarterbacks remain. John Elway will listen, then will grab what he hopes will be the next, well, John Elway.BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, OKLAHOMA6. Indianapolis (from N.Y. Jets)If they don’t trade again — and if they’re convinced Andrew Luck will, indeed, return to Pro Bowl form — the Colts have lots of options here. They also have tons of needs.QUENTON NELSON, G, NOTRE DAME7. Tampa BayNelson would have been on the Bucs‘ radar, but no other blocker rates in the top 10, so they turn to filling a hole on defense with …DENZEL WARD, CB, OHIO STATE8. ChicagoCertainly not in the quarterback derby after their bold move for Mitchell Trubisky a year ago, the Bears can go many ways here. The most help for them to go up in the NFC North is …TREMAINE EDMUNDS, LB, VIRGINIA TECH9. San FranciscoWith Jimmy G in the fold for years (and multi-millions), the rapidly rebuilding and improving 49ers get a stud on the defensive side reminiscent of Patrick Willis.ROQUAN SMITH, LB, GEORGIA10. OaklandPredicting what Jon Gruden ever will do — such as leaving the comfort of the broadcast booth for the Black Hole — is foolhardy. Then again, what is a mock draft?MINKAH FITZPATRICK, S Eric Rowe Jerseys 2019 , ALABAMA11. MiamiThe Dolphins worked on every kind of scenario to get them into the QB derby. Guess what: Miami’s staying put was the best strategy.JOSH ROSEN, QB, UCLA12. Buffalo (from Cincinnati)Lots of groaning going on in Western New York after division rival Miami takes Rosen. The Bills could reach here for a quarterback, but are better served addressing the chasm on the offensive line with …MIKE McGLINCHY, T, Notre Dame13. WashingtonOther than the trade for Alex Smith, a big one of course, the Redskins have been relatively quiet this offseason. There’s a need on the defensive line and in the secondary. With such a choice, go for the pass rusher.MARCUS DAVENPORT, DE, UTSA14. Green BayThis is not a top-heavy draft for receivers, but one stands out as a first-rounder. Aaron Rodgers has expressed some “differences” with the Packers on offseason moves, but will like this one.CALVIN RIDLEY, WR, ALABAMA15. ArizonaBruce Arians is gone. Carson Palmer is gone. Most significantly, Tyrann Mathieu is gone, and that’s the guy who will be replaced here.DERWIN JAMES, S, FLORIDA STATE16. BaltimoreOzzie Newsome’s last draft. The GM has been spot-on so many times in his tenure, but he’s also missed recently with some high picks. Baltimore’s offense needs a boost.DERRIUS GUICE, RB, LSU17. L.A. ChargersWe said the Giants weren’t looking at the future replacement for Eli Manning. The Chargers, who traded Manning’s rights to New York back in 2004 and got Philip Rivers, take a different approach.LAMAR JACKSON, QB, LOUISVILLE18. SeattleDon’t you dare utter the world “rebuild” around GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll. Not even in a whisper. Still, this roster needs some big-time hits in the draft. Maybe start with …JOSH JACKSON White LaAdrian Waddle Jerseys , CB, IOWA19. DallasA receiver would seem to make sense, except no wideouts warrant this spot. Edge rusher does, as well as almost anybody on defense. Cowboys take big guy in middle.VITA VEA, DT, WASHINGTON20. DetroitMatt Patricia is a defensive coach and the Lions have enough needs there for him to skip filling the holes at tight end or running back to get an all-around stud.HAROLD LANDRY, DE-LB, BOSTON COLLEGE21. Cincinnati (from Buffalo)Anyone and everyone is on the board for Cincinnati, which never shies away from character issues with its players. There aren’t such issues with …WILL HERNANDEZ, G, UTEP22. Buffalo (from Kansas City)Missing on their quarterback earlier in this round, the Bills ponder whether to gamble a bit on a signal caller here. They also know the Patriots, up next, have a liking for …MASON RUDOLPH, QB, OKLAHOMA STATE23. New England (from L.A. Rams)After seeing his defense torched in the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick must have been gritting his teeth for 2 months. He gets one player to help shore up the unit in …LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, LB, BOISE STATE24. CarolinaCam Newton has done some of his best work, including winning league MVP honors, when he’s had deep threats to throw to. Torrey Smith isn’t the answer, but maybe this pick will provide the guy.CHRISTIAN KIRK, WR, TEXAS A&M25. TennesseeNew coach Mike Vrabel, like Detroit’s Patricia, comes from the New England defensive stable. He’ll appreciate the chance to upgrade the defense with …DA’RON PAYNE, DT LaAdrian Waddle Jerseys 2019 , ALABAMA26. AtlantaAnother team seeking defensive help, particularly someone inside who can occupy blockers, penetrate gaps and has enough versatility to play run and pass. That guy is …TAVEN BRYAN, DT, FLORIDA27. New OrleansComing off one of the best drafts in team history, the Saints would be thrilled to come close this time. Tight end is their biggest need and you know Drew Brees will make good use of …HAYDEN HURST, TE, SOUTH CAROLINA28. PittsburghThe way the Steel Curtain was torn asunder by Jacksonville in the playoffs, folks in Pittsburgh must be rabid in their desire for a return to normalcy. One pick won’t do that, but the Steelers make a good start with …RASHAAN EVANS, LB, ALABAMA29. JacksonvilleFollowing a superb turnaround, the Jaguars will be a focal point team for the first time in years. A target for Blake Bortles, to whom they are committed for three more years, is an important step.D.J. MOORE, WR, MARYLAND30. MinnesotaAfter their megadeal with Kirk Cousins, it would be shocking if the Vikings don’t address his protectors. Several times.ISAIAH WYNN, G, GEORGIA31. New EnglandBelichick went defense at No. 23. Now, he goes … defense.JAIRE ALEXANDER, CB, LSU32. PhiladelphiaThe Super Bowl champions — it might sound weird, but the Eagles are legit to contend again in 2018 — could go a popular route and take Penn State TE Mike Gesicki. More likely is aiding the offensive line.CONNOR WILLIAMS, G, TEXAS
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