Supply-and-Demand Overview: The running back position may be as deep as any on the New England roster. It includes recent draft picks – Sony Michel (first round, 2018) and Damien Harris (third round, 2019) – as well as a stable of trusted veterans in James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. So it would seem unlikely that Bill Belichick would target running back as a significant position of need come draft weekend. Overall the prospect class is decent, though there isn’t the type of Saquon Barkley/Zeke Elliot top-10 guy. While a couple guys are getting first-round consideration, that will likely come later in the round if at all. Given the depth at receiver and a couple other spots, it wouldn’t be stunning to see the backs get pushed out of the first round all together, even if that seems unlikely. If Harris is an impact workhorse of any kind in 2020 after essentially a redshirt rookie season, then New England may ignore the running back position to focus on its many other more pressing needs.
Estimated chances the Patriots take a RB at No. 23: 1 percent
Estimated chances the Patriots take a RB at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft: 11 percent