New England Patriots Select Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez with 17th Pick in 2023 NFL Draft

By Stephen Ur

The New England Patriots selected cornerback Christian Gonzalez out of Oregon with the 17th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Gonzalez was a projected top-10 pick by many experts, and was the second cornerback picked after the Seattle Seahawks picked Illinois’ Devon Witherspoon with the fifth overall pick.

In addition to being a projected top-10, Gonzalez was also the top-ranked cornerback on all the big boards. He will join two rookies from last year in Marcus and Jack Jones in a deep corner depth chart.

New England originally had the 14th pick in the NFL Draft, but traded down with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gonzalez, a projected Day 1 starter, joins a Patriots pass defense that was ranked in the middle of the league [16th] in passing yards allowed over the season [3,681].

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