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What if the Patriots trade up … for a wide receiver?!

Might seem far-fetched. But we decided to have some fun in the newest Sports Hub NFL Mock Draft, and trade the Patriots up into the late-first round to take a wideout they (apparently) coveted. So this time they opt for a top defensive prospect at pick No. 15, and make a second first-round selection near the end of night 1.

This newest edition of the Sports Hub NFL Mock Draft comes after the 49ers’ blockbuster trade to move up to the No. 3 pick. We have an educated guess on whom they’re going to take. The Falcons ended up staying at No. 4, but they also took a quarterback, meaning the draft kicked off with four straight QBs.

If you’re hoping that leads to the Patriots becoming the team that trades up to take the fifth and final first-round quarterback, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. But there is a team trading up. Scroll down to read our 2021 full NFL Mock Draft with analysis from our football writers, including two picks for the Pats.

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Previously, we had the Patriots selecting Alabama wideout Jaylen Waddle in the first round. We have increasingly felt more like they will lean defense in the first round, and worry about filling quarterback and other positions of need in the second round and beyond. That is, unless they make an aggressive move like the one above.

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