Pats Engaged In Trade Talks For No. 3 Pick

APRIL 19: Outkick’s Armando Salguero notes, to little surprise, New England has yet to receive an offer strong enough to make the team consider a trade-down maneuver. Likewise, Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post adds the expectation around the league remains that the Patriots will stay in place at No. 3 (with McCarthy being “held in very high regard”). It will be interesting to see if teams up their offers to Wolf in the coming days to the point where a high-profile swap gains traction, or if not, which passer New England ultimately prefers.

APRIL 18: Both the Bears (set to select first overall) and Commanders (second) are universally expected to add quarterbacks at the top of the 2024 draft. If the Patriots retain the next selection, they will be well-positioned to do the same, but a move down the order could still be in play.

During a Thursday press conference, Eliot Wolf – who is in charge of the Patriots’ draft but may not serve as de facto general manager afterwards – confirmed New England has engaged in trade talks centered on the No. 3 pick. The team has been connected to a trade-down maneuver this offseason, but the opportunity to add a potential franchise passer has left many expecting Wolf and Co. to stay put. Of course, much of New England’s final decision will depend on the value of offers made by other QB-needy teams.

A recent report indicated the Patriots’ asking price for the third overall pick will likely be too high for a deal to be worked out, and Wolf confirmed no offer made to date has been sufficient to move down the board. That could change in the coming days, with plenty of teams – such as the Giants, Vikings, Broncos and Raiders – known to be in the market for a Day 1 QB. New England has spent time on a number of prospect passers, and the one chosen at No. 3 could compete for the starting role right away.

Opinions appear to be split in the organization between Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy, both of whom have visited the Patriots. However, NFL Network’s Peter Schrager notes he feels the Patriots will be “comfortable” adding whichever of Maye or Jayden Daniels is on the board after the Commanders’ selection. The latter is in pole position to be Washington’s choice, something which would leave Maye in place as a strong Patriots candidate.

Wolf added the Patriots are “open for business” in terms of trading up or down during all seven rounds of the draft. While that holds true for all teams to varying degrees, considerable intrigue still surrounds the third overall selection with plenty still to be determined as the countdown to the draft continues.

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