Every part of that headline is incredible to read, but it’s true, it happened. The New England Patriots just traded up in fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, with the AFC East rival New York Jets, to draft a kicker.
Their selection: Jake Ryland out of Maryland. Ryland was the second-ranked kicker in mock drafts at NFLMockDraftDatabase.com. Ryland played four years at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Maryland for his senior year. He earned a second team All-Big 10 selection in 2022. His .826 career field goal percentage is the best ever by a Maryland kicker with over 20 attempts.