With reports out that former New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler is going to sign with the Tennessee Titans when free agency officially begins on Wednesday, the Pats now have a hole on their defense.
Coach Bill Belichick has been known to rebuild through the draft, so it’s likely that the Patriots will target a defensive back with one of their first picks in April.
According to NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter, former Auburn star CB Carlton Davis could be an interesting second-round target:
If the Patriots address a different position in the first round, they could pick up Davis with the mid-second round selection they received from San Francisco in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade. Davis is not the most fluid corner in the draft, but his 6-foot-1, 206-pound frame and ability to stick with receivers inside as well as down the sideline give him a chance to quickly earn a starting role.
Former South Carolina DB Stephon Gilmore is already on the Pats’ roster, so Davis would have some fellow SEC alums to chat with.
Plus, for a rookie, going to the Patriots is never a bad thing, as Belichick’s crew is favored to go to the Super Bowl more often than not.