With the 225th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Patriots select Devin Lucien, wide receiver out of Arizona State:
Devin Lucien attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. As a senior, Lucien finished with 71 receptions for 1,259 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout.com along with being named second team all-Southern California by GoldenStatePreps.com. Lucien was heavily sought after during the college recruitment period, having scholarship offers from Air Force, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Utah, and UCLA as well. Despite being offered by Arizona State and playing his last season for them, Lucien accepted UCLA's offer and played for the school for four years.
Lucien was redshirted during his true freshman season with UCLA, but did see action in his redshirt freshman season as he played in six games, compiling 10 receptions for 188 yards including three receptions and 70 yards against Nebraska. In his redshirt sophomore season, Lucien appeared in 13 games with 19 receptions, 339 yards, and two touchdowns while also being presented the Captain Don Brown Award for most improved offensive player. In 2014, Lucien again played in all 13 games, having multiple catches in nine of those games while finishing with 29 receptions, 225 yards, and two touchdowns.
Following his fourth season as a Bruin, Lucien transferred to Arizona State as a graduate student, a school that offered him a scholarship years prior. Lucien had a year of eligibility left because he was redshirted as a freshman. In his sole season with Arizona State, he played in all 13 games, starting 10 starts games while making 66 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. Against Cal, Lucien had nine receptions for 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He was named to Phil Steele's Postseason All-PAC 12 third team and was given the team's John Jefferson Outstanding Receiver Award.
Lucien was named as a top sleeper by Pro Football Focus heading into this NFL Draft and is one of the few wide receivers in this draft class with the optimal size for the wide receiver position at 6'2" and 195 lbs. He also is proficient after the catch and also has decent deep play speed as well. He will be a long-term developmental prospect as he works to become better with separation in the receiving game and his route-running as well.
Selected in the 7th round by the Patriots, Lucien will face an up-hill battle to win a spot on the 53-man roster. The wide receiver depth chart is quite full, and with the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Keshawn Martin, Nate Washington, Aaron Dobson and fellow rookie Malcolm Mitchell on the roster, Lucien will have to be at the top of his game to make the roster. Lucien will see some extended snaps during training camp and pre-season as well, but unless he wows in those opportunities, he will most likely be ticketed to the practice squad for his rookie season. Long term, he could prove to be a solid deep threat if he improves with his fundamentals.