Whether the Patriots are sold on Mac Jones or not, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them draft a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. Even with Tom Brady on the roster for most of his tenure, Bill Belichick has still selected a quarterback more often than not on a year-to-year basis (13 QBs in 23 years).
Not many quarterbacks have been linked to the Patriots during the pre-draft process to this point. The closest has been UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who the coaching staff worked with extensively at the Shrine Bowl. That changed on Monday, with the first official reported pre-draft meeting for the team with a quarterback (they met with Anthony Richardson at the Combine, but it is unknown to what extent).