ESPN is really trying to wish a first-round Patriots quarterback into existence.
Mel Kiper’s first two mock drafts had the Patriots taking quarterbacks in the first round: Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and Alabama’s Mac Jones. Now it’s Todd McShay’s turn, and he agrees on Fields – but has the Patriots trading up from No. 15 to No. 11 to get him.
Here’s how McShay explained it:
“Even after the Niners’ move up the board, it doesn’t appear Jimmy Garoppolo is in the cards this season for the Patriots. And while they brought back Cam Newton, the veteran is only signed for a year at $3.5 million guaranteed. The Pats haven’t spent a first-round pick on a QB since 1993 (Drew Bledsoe), but now is the time. Fields is accurate downfield and can develop into a top-tier starter for a team searching for stability at the position in the post-Tom Brady era.”
This scenario is fairly realistic – particularly if other teams ahead of the Patriots in the first round, like the Falcons, Lions, and Broncos – decide to pass on Fields. It’s unlikely the Pats would pay what it costs to trade from 15th all the way to the 4-6 range, if it’s even necessary. But moving from 15 to 10-11 wouldn’t be an outlandish move for Bill Belichick.
The Patriots have been rumored as being “really high” on Fields, according to prominent draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. But at this point, we at 98.5 The Sports Hub believe it’s more likely they address a different position in the first round, and if they take a quarterback it’ll be on days 2-3. Scroll down to find out who our own Alex Barth has Belichick taking in his newest Patriots mock draft.
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