Where did 2020 Patriots rookie class rank among rest of NFL?


If there was one big bright spot for the Patriots in the 2020 season it was rookie offensive lineman Michael Onwenu.

The sixth-round pick did a great job filling in at tackle and proved he can be a NFL starter.

But, how did the rest of the Patriots rookie class do?

NFL.com recently ranked all 32 rookies classes and the Patriots came in at No. 13 and got a B grade.

"[Josh] Uche, who hit Foxborough after spending his college days with Onwenu in Ann Arbor, also made a positive first impression, albeit in a significantly lesser role than Onwenu," Gennaro Filice wrote. "Playing in just nine games due to injuries, the twitchy edge rusher generated significant pressure in limited snaps, and also showed the kind of versatility in Bill Belichick's scheme that made stars of Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins. Speaking of versatility, Dugger performed well as a hybrid safety/box dweller. Many questioned how he'd transition from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne to the NFL, but he put all doubts to rest with a promising debut campaign, particularly as a physical presence closer to the line of scrimmage.

"A third-round double-dip at tight end produced a grand total of five catches for 55 yards and one touchdown, with Asiasi and Keene receiving far fewer snaps combined than 2018 seventh-rounder Ryan Izzo. Needless to say, the Pats still have a Gronk-sized hole at the position. Rohrwasser was the first kicker taken in the draft, but the presumptive Stephen Gostkowski replacement's controversial arm ink was much more of a story than his leg, as he struggled in his first training camp and ended up spending his entire rookie season on the practice squad."

The Patriots selected No. 23 overall last year and will pick No. 15 overall this year.