1Could he take over James White’s former workload?
On paper, the Patriots didn’t absolutely need another RB in this year’s draft. So, they drafted two — that’s how they roll. Pierre Strong Jr. caught 50 balls in college, including 20 as a senior. Much of his 2022 value hinges on whether he replaces the recently retired James White in a passing-down role. Strong could conceivably work his way to two to three receptions per contest. He could also be declared inactive most weeks. Much depends on how the Patriots utilize Damien Harris, and in particular, Rhamondre Stevenson.
2Bell-cow experience elevates his ceiling
Strong possesses bell-cow experience (sophomore and junior years), which could translate at the NFL level if the opportunity arises. The challenge, of course, is that there are no clear opportunities. Harris and Stevenson would need to be out of the picture for Strong to have a shot at fantasy prominence.
3Major yellow flag: ball security
Strong fumbled five times in 11 games as a senior. This won’t fly in New England. Ball security — and the near-elimination of mental mistakes in general — will be key to his rookie development and his slim opportunity to make a fantasy impact.