Maybe Cam Newton improves in 2021, but that doesn’t change the fact the Patriots have no long-term plan at the most important position in the game. Even the most fervent supporters of Cam Newton must acknowledge he’s dealt with nagging injuries the last few years, is about to turn 32 years old, and is on a one-year contract. When looking at the three-to-five year outlook of the roster, there’s no obvious successor behind him. Because of the unprecedented need for quarterbacks this offseason, the Patriots will need to trade up to land a true blue-chip prospect. Otherwise, they can take a mid-round arm and potentially revisit the position next April in what will be a more QB-stable offseason league-wide. Level of need: Trade up