Patriots Expected To Retain No. 3 Pick

APRIL 22: Reiss’ colleague Adam Schefter notes New England could be a team which contemplates moving down but then back up the first-round order (as the Cardinals did in 2023 and may be prepared to do again this year). Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer and Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal concur that the asking price for the third pick and the complications of a second trade make it likely the Patriots will remain in place and select Maye (video link).

APRIL 21: The Patriots are among the teams which have received calls related to a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft. No offers strong enough to convince New England to move back from third overall have come in yet, though, leaving the team positioned to hold onto its premium capital.

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In the event the Patriots stay put at No. 3, they will be in place to add a potential franchise quarterback. That has been in play throughout the offseason, and ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports it remains “the most likely scenario” at this time. With Caleb Williams expected to hear his name called first overall, New England will have a choice between two of Jayden DanielsDrake Maye and J.J. McCarthy when on the clock.

Daniels is in pole position to be selected second by the Commanders, and in that case Eliot Wolf would face a Maye vs. McCarthy decision. Both passers have met with the team on ‘top 30’ visits, and a recent report stated there is not a consensus within the organization with respect to which signal-caller should be selected. Aside from the potential a blockbuster trade offer emerges in the coming days, the team therefore remains one to watch closely.

Putting an end to the Mac Jones era this offseason, the Patriots brought back Jacoby Brissett as a familiar option under center. The latter began his career in New England – albeit under a different regime than the one now in place – and he has proven capable of serving as a bridge starter. For that reason, many have pointed to a rookie passer beginning the 2024 campaign as a backup. The Patriots’ other roster holes have also been mentioned as a reason to sit a developmental QB, although Wolf recently pushed back on that notion.

“I read a lot of that storyline,” the Patriots’ de facto general manager said during his pre-draft news conference (via Reiss). “I’m not really sure what that means. “I definitely feel like we can support [a rookie quarterback].”

Wolf’s post-draft status in his current position is unclear, but much of how he and the rest of the Patriots’ front office and coaching staff are evaluated over the long term will no doubt be tied to the decision at No. 3. An addition to the QB depth chart should be expected, something which will have a notable impact on the rest of the draft early on Day 1.

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