Patriots reportedly eyeing Justin Fields in case he slips in the first round
With the draft coming Thurday night, the rumors about Justin Fields and the Patriots simply refuse to die.
The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero became the latest insider to use “Justin Fields” and “Patriots” in the same sentence on Monday morning, as he discussed the latest draft rumors on Good Morning Football. He believes the Patriots are sniffing around on what it would take for them to move up, in case Fields slips into the 7-10 range. Pelissero laid out a possible price tag, and it’s surprisingly low.
“This is an interesting one: the Patriots have been calling around in the top-10, and teams that have gotten those calls believe that their target would be Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields,” Pelissero said. “Now, it would cost the Patriots to move from 15 up to 7 or 8, probably something in the region of a second-round draft pick. That is a small price to pay if New England sees an opportunity to land a potential franchise quarterback.”
A small price, indeed. If you go by a draft trade value chart, trading 15 and 46 for the seventh overall pick would be almost a perfectly even deal (1500 “points” vs 1490). So if the goal is to even out those point values further, the Patriots would only have to throw in a pick from rounds 5-6 to make the trade happen. A bidding war with other teams for No. 7 is what would drive the price up for them.
Albert Breer of The MMQB is also reporting that the Patriots are calling teams in the top-10, but that sources are skeptical about how serious they are about moving up the board.
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