Patriots’ Top Pick From 2017 NFL Draft Derek Rivers ‘Out For The Season’

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The New England Patriots are going to have to wait until 2018 before they get to see Derek Rivers, their top pick from the 2017 NFL Draft, make his debut.

Patriots docs fear a knee injury will mean the defensive end will miss the entire season.

He picked up the injury during New England’s joint practice with the Texans.

Rivers, who was selected in the third round this year, was the Patriots’ first pick during the draft in April; New England didn’t have a pick in the first or second round.

One of the big reasons the Patriots selected Rivers is because they don’t have a lot depth at defensive end.

During his four-year career at Youngstown State, Rivers totaled 41 sacks and was named an All-American twice while at the FCS school.

Rivers was selected with the 83rd overall pick, while Moss was taken in the fifth round with the 167th overall pick.

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