The New England Patriots sent one front office executive to the Ohio State Pro Day on Tuesday, when top quarterback prospect Justin Fields and others will work out for GMs and scouts in attendance.
According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, the Pats sent front office consultant Eliot Wolf to Columbus for the Ohio State Pro Day on Tuesday. Wolf originally joined the Patriots during the 2020 off-season, after serving as the Cleveland Browns’ assistant GM from 2018-19. Wolf previously worked in various roles with the Green Bay Packers from 2011-17, most recently as their director of football operations.
Wolf appears to be one of the Patriots’ point men for the top quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. He also attended BYU’s Pro Day last week, when Zach Wilson worked out. It’s highly unlikely the Patriots will draft Wilson, but they did their due diligence in the event that the New York Jets draft him at No. 2 overall when the 2021 draft kicks off on April 29.
In addition, the Patriots sent national scout Mike Groh to the Pro Day for North Dakota State to see fellow top QB prospect Trey Lance. Bill Belichick, meanwhile, is widely expected to attend Alabama’s Pro Day on Tuesday after appearing at Miami’s Pro Day on Monday.
It’s been speculated that the Patriots are “really high” on Fields, but they’d have some serious competition and likely have to trade up in the draft order to even have the chance to take him. Teams with higher draft spots than the Patriots have a much greater presence in Columbus on Tuesday, including the Jets, 49ers, Falcons, Lions, Panthers, Broncos, and Eagles.
Ultimately, it’s more likely the Patriots go defense in the first round than give up the draft capital required to jump all the aforementioned clubs just to draft Fields. Scroll down for a list of solid QB prospects that should be available to the Patriots on Day 2.
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