2024 NFL Draft: Patriots QB targets, trade options, dream scenario, predictions; everything you need to know

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The 2024 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and perhaps no team is more intriguing at the top of the first round than the New England Patriots. Everyone expects the AFC East team to be looking for a new quarterback. But which perspective matches their wants and needs? Which ones will be available? And what about commercial possibilities?

We go over all the burning questions with resident Patriots expert Tyler Sullivan:

Benjamin: It’s finally time. Clearly, the Patriots want and need a quarterback. But how confident are you that New England would rather stay at No. 3 overall, using that pick to fill that position?

Sullivan: Chicago (No. 1) and Washington (No. 2) both appear obligated to make their picks, which opens the door for New England to listen to teams wanting to trade. De facto general manager Eliot Wolf has said the club is “open for business,” but I think they would have to be blown away to move the pick. This is the highest selection owned by Robert Kraft and they clearly need a quarterback. Difficult to give up in the circumstances, unless it is a “sponsor” offer.

Benjamin: Based on comments and/or track records from Patriots leadership (i.e. Eliot Wolf, head coach Jerod Mayo, offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt), what kind quarterback, what do you think the team prefers, beyond a competent quarterback?

Sullivan: I thought Jerod Mayo made an interesting comment earlier this offseason when talking about quarterback prospects, where he noted that “you also have to see how low the ground is.” This kind of made me think that they might take the safer route, which may also play into how they want to run their offense. Van Pelt comes from Cleveland, which ran a more conservative, play-oriented offense, and I think that fits with how Mayo — a defensive-minded coach — would want to run things as well. So, I would say a quarterback who is comfortable with the game and makes accurate and timely throws when called upon.

Benjamin: This calls for a natural sequel: Who, then, among this year’s top quarterback prospects do you think? best fits this mold? And do you think this player will appear at No. 3 in the table?

Sullivan: It could very well be JJ McCarthy from Michigan. That’s kind of the exact role he was put in under Jim Harbaugh, right? That said, I think Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye could also thrive in this type of system and have higher upside potential.

Benjamin: So, let’s play out some scenarios: If You had the final say on the choice, which of these three – Daniels, Maye, McCarthy – would have your vote, assuming they were board members? And how do you think the Patriots In fact order these three on a large painting?

Sullivan: I think the Patriots would order him 1.) Daniels, 2.) Maye and 3.) McCarthy, but it’s closer than most would assume based on how the outside has prioritized this quarterback class. back. Personally, I would ride with Maye. He has the size and arm strength that thrives in the NFL, as well as mobility. His footwork has been one of his big question marks, but I think it can be coached. If he were to reach his potential, the Patriots could have Josh Allen-lite.

Benjamin: Before we get to the final prediction, let’s take a final look at the “Godfather Offer.” What type of compensation would you seek to move out of number 3, assuming that eliminates the aforementioned prospects as possibilities? And are there any later Day 1 or Day 2 quarterbacks you think the Patriots would be comfortable targeting after a downhill stretch?

Sullivan: Minnesota has been the Patriots’ popular fictional trade partner, so let’s use them as an example. If they were to propose No. 11, No. 23 and a future first, it would have to be seriously considered. That would still put you within reach of taking Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., and you’d get back more assets to address key needs on other parts of the roster. This is comparable to the 49ers’ 2021 trade with the Dolphins. If Wolf and Co. are looking for a historic overpay, I wonder if requiring the inclusion of a veteran in a position of need (like Christian Darrisaw) would get this supposed blockbuster over the hump.

Benjamin: Either way, the Patriots essentially hold the keys to what happens at the top of this year’s draft and quarterback class. That said, today, what is your final projection for how things will play out in New England? And by the way, what is your ultimate dream scenario for Patriots fans?

Sullivan: As fun as the pre-draft process is, there’s a lot of smoke flying and I think ultimately the top three will be pretty chalky when all is said and done with Caleb Williams, Daniels and Maye leaving the table in this order. . In my opinion, this is the right move for New England. As for a dream scenario, I’d like to see them take Maye at No. 3, then use No. 34 overall to move back to the back of the first round and acquire either a tackle or wide receiver.



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