Anyone who wanted the Patriots to get aggressive and trade up in the first round of the draft may have come out of Thursday night disappointed. And they may not like to hear that the Pats didn’t feel an urgent need to do so.
That’s according to Albert Breer of The MMQB, from his appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich on Friday. Numerous reports indicated that the Patriots called other teams about a possible trade into the top-10 of the draft, but ultimately they stayed put at 15. And other teams told Breer that the Pats didn’t seem particularly interested in moving up from that spot.
“They sort of gave other teams the vibe going into the first round like, ‘We’re not going to act with a whole lot of urgency, but we’re here, we’re open to the idea of going up,'” Breer said. “I just got the vibe talking to other teams about this that there was a sort of passive approach to the way the Patriots were handling the whole thing.”
The Patriots went with Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at the 15th pick, landing a potential future franchise QB without having to move up the board. The Chicago Bears, meanwhile, traded a 2022 first-round pick plus other draft capital to jump from 20th to 11th, in order to select Ohio State QB Justin Fields. So for those following the Patriots in this draft, those are the two QBs to watch as far as how they pan out.
Listen below for the full 7:00 hour from Friday with Breer on Toucher and Rich.
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