The New England Patriots can get their future quarterbacks without being traded above 15th overall in the draft. Maybe. its Possible.
ESPN’s Todd McShay on Thursday proposed a mock draft in which Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields moved the draft board to the Patriots and Bill Bellich. In fact, New England had a choice: Fields or North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. Patriots fans will have a clear reaction: ‘He will never fall that far dummy !!!! ‘ They might have said the same about Dwayne Haskins in 2019 and Jordan Love in 2020.
Some quarterback prospects shoot the draft board exactly. Others fall down immediately. McShea designed a scenario for the 2021 draft, which put Fields on Bellich’s lap – and he admitted that it was unlikely at all. Here’s what Maxey wrote:
“But what a good fit Fields makes in New England. The Patriots tied the Giants for the fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL with 12 this season, and New England joined the Broncos, which only compares to TDS (14) The same team with more blocking was in. Cam Newton, who was largely ineffective this season, will turn 32 in May and is set to become a free agent again. The Jarrett Stidham guy, doesn’t seem to be either Happens. Tom Brady is no longer walking through that door, and this is a different era for the Patriots’ passing. But Fields will change that, with plenty of zips on his vertical shots and the ability to break things up. “
Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer are free agents this offseason. Statham is the only Patriots quarterback on contract in 2021. New England has plenty of places to address its quarterback position in free agency or through a trade. But the Patriots drafted a quarterback in 2021 with one of their many picks, including their first rounder in the 15th over.