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External momentum continues to build towards the Patriots trading up into the first round of the NFL Draft to get a quarterback. On Monday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero mentioned the team has been “calling around in the top-10,” and planning a move in case Justin Fields falls. Now, we may know their potential trade partner.

In his Tuesday mock draft, Albert Breer elected to not make any trades. However, he didn’t completely ignore the idea of potential trades, specifically when it comes to New England.

In his explanation for the team taking Micah Parsons 15th overall, Breer added, “I can say that if Fields is sitting there at No. 8, there are strong ties between New England and Carolina, and some groundwork has been done on what a deal might look like.”

Whether Fields will be on the board at eighth is a tough question to answer. Three quarterbacks will go with the first three picks, Atlanta is a wild card with the fourth pick, and there’s always the chance of a trade up, especially from a team in the Denver Broncos who own the ninth pick.

For the situation Breer presents to occur, Fields would likely have to be the fifth of five quarterbacks taken, with at least one of Denver or Atlanta passing on a QB altogether. That seems like quite the stretch for a guy many have labeled the second-most talented quarterback in the draft, but recent rumblings suggest that it’s not far-fetched.

It happens to be the scenario projected in our latest Patriots Mock Draft. Is this how the chips will fall? We’ll know in less than 50 hours.

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