Patriots Wanted Baker Mayfield?

The Browns weren’t the only team that had Baker Mayfield ranked as the top quarterback in this year’s class. The Patriots considered trading up to the No. 2 pick in order to take the Oklahoma product, his agent tells Andrew Brandt of The MMQB (audio link). 

We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said. “They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was reality or not.”

There was speculation that the Patriots could move up in the draft for a quarterback and it’s possible that Mayfield was their one and only target in that respect. Even if Mayfield had fallen to No. 2, however, it’s not clear whether they would have had the ammo necessary to get a deal done. The Pats’ late first round picks could have easily vaulted them into the top ten, but that might not have been enough to entice Giants GM Dave Gettleman to walk away from Saquon Barkley. Even with a pair of second rounders to work with, it’s hard to say whether the Pats and Giants could have been a match.

Had the Pats landed Mayfield, it would have sparked serious drama in New England and New York. The Patriots would have had to deal with Tom Brady‘s reaction, the Giants would have risked giving up on potential generational talent, and the Jets would have to face Mayfield – who some say was their top QB target – twice per season.

But, that’s all one big “What if?” now that Mayfield is in Cleveland.

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21 comments on “Patriots Wanted Baker Mayfield?

  1. tonysdog01

    Oh his agent told the writer. Oh well that certainly is reliable. Even the Patriots wanted Mayfield. Get serious.

    • ThePriceWasRight

      I can see him having the fiery attitude they like in a leader but yeah coming from an agent the validity certainly is questionable.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      The last part of “…so we never knew if that was reality or not.” suggests that someone from the Pats might have said it facetiously. I don’t think there was any chance it would’ve happened, but yes, it was possible. In the same way quantum physics says I can walk through a wall if I just step through if all the molecules line up precisely the right way at the same time.

  2. mcase7187

    If it was even remotely true then Brady would have NO right to be mad and have any bad feelings he’s 41 and can’t hold the pats hostage till he decides to call it a career

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      He’s under the delusion that he can play til he’s 50 if he just eats right, maintains the right exercise routine, and gets enough sleep. Unfortunately, he’s in a line of work where people much larger and stronger than him are trying to squish him. And one day he will get hurt so bad he won’t be able to play anymore. No matter what diet he’s on.

      • gr8witebufalo

        It’s not just his diet. It’s the way he trains. Trains his muscles to take hits not build bulk.

  3. Begamin

    I mean, if Baker Mayfield dropped all the way to the Patriots pick, why would they pass him up? Im surprised they didnt get Mason Rudolph though

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      I was surprised they didn’t take Jackson. They spent a lot of time with him.

      • driftcat28

        More surprised they passed on Lauletta. I doubt they were ever seriously considering Jackson, his play style does not fit the Patriots. The case could be made Rudolph though

      • Begamin

        no lol
        saw the headline and briefly skimmed while on the toilet so i didnt read the parts where they talked about trading up until later

  4. sufferfortribe

    I can’t decide which is worse, bogus stories like this or mock drafts?

        • ohiodevil

          Yeah listening to NFL network on their grades, every team did awesome and all players were steals…..

          • Polish Hammer

            You’re right, just like signing day for college football where every coach gets every player they wanted.

        • ThePriceWasRight

          mock drafts are great because at least you are likely to be right a minimum 5% of the time. stories after the fact that can’t be proven are done so so people believe they are 100% true.

          but agree draft grades are stupid. yep that 5th round pick that every team passed on multiple times already certainly is an A value.

  5. johnny53811

    Watch one of those other qbs Like Rosen ending up being a star and the pats will come out and say he was on the top of their draft board

  6. crosseyedlemon

    So I guess what we learned here is that agents don’t have to submit to the league’s drug testing program.

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