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As the first round of the NFL Draft gets closer, speculation continues to rise regarding the Patriots’ intentions at the quarterback position. There’s more and more smoke hinting towards a trade up into the top 10, while at the same time others continue to point out ‘value’ options on Day 2.

What will the Patriots end up doing? Generally in these kinds of situations, past decisions and precedent are a window into the thought process. Everybody has tendencies, and those tendencies are bound to be exposed over 20 years. This specific situation is different though. Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots haven’t really been in this spot. There’s not a ton of historical context to go on.

However, there’s one pattern that has managed to emerge of late regarding Belichick and quarterbacks. Since 2011, the Patriots have drafted five QBs. Of those five, three are from SEC schools – Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham (2019), LSU’s Danny Etling (2018), and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett (2011). Additionally, Jacoby Brissett (2016) was drafted from ACC school North Carolina State, but originally played two years at Florida before transferring.

MORE: Full coverage at the Patriots Draft Hub 

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