The New England Patriots opened their rookie minicamp over the weekend, and pictures are beginning to emerge of first-round draft pick Christian Gonzalez on the field in Patriots gear for the first time.
Many had Gonzalez as the top cornerback in the entire 2023 NFL draft. Yet, he still somehow fell to the Patriots at No. 17 overall, after the team traded down from No. 14 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Not only did they get a future franchise player for their defensive backfield, but they also came away with an extra fourth-round pick in the deal.
Gonzalez is already hard at work with the expectations that he’ll factor heavily into the team’s 2023 plans.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) May 15, 2023
The Patriots selected 12 players off the draft board. So they will have plenty of talent to sift through when cutting down their roster over the summer.