Why AFC Scout Believes Patriots Should Take QB With No. 3 Pick
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by Jason Ounpraseuth
3d ago
Sign In The Patriots own the No. 3 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and after their worst season in two decades, the selection could alter the franchise’s future. New England fans are split over what to do with the third overall pick. The popular choice is to take one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. However, the roster is filled with holes that also need to be addressed, and there’s concern the signal-caller selected will struggle if surrounded by inferior talent. De facto general manager and director of scouting Eliot Wolf is tasked with the decision, and it should be a simple one if you ask ..read more
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Patriots Legend Implores Team To Use No. 3 Draft Pick This Way
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by Adam London
3d ago
Sign In There are many ways the New England Patriots could use the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the franchise’s highest selection since 1993. But if you ask Vince Wilfork, it’s a borderline no-brainer what the Patriots should do once the Chicago Bears and the Washington Commanders make their respective draft-opening decisions. “I’d go quarterback because this quarterback draft is so strong,” Wilfork told USA Today. “You don’t know next year what it is. I’m going quarterback because I’m not going to get the receivers. I’m not going to get the top-skilled position players coming to ..read more
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One Receiver Patriots Could Target In Each Round Of NFL Draft
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by Keagan Stiefel
3d ago
Sign In The Patriots almost certainly will come away from the 2024 NFL Draft without a quarterback in hand, and regardless of who that guy is, he’ll need someone to throw the ball to. New England has struggled to find consistency at wide receiver for a staggeringly long time, and despite serviceable options in Kendrick Bourne and DeMario Douglas, that’s not enough. The Patriots need to give their next quarterback a wealth of reliable options. Does it need to be a true No. 1 guy? That would be great, but no. The Patriots’ biggest issue at receiver is a lack of reliable depth, with Tyquan Thornt ..read more
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Those Who Know J.J. McCarthy Understand Narrative, But See High Ceiling
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by Sean T. McGuire
3d ago
Sign In The biggest criticism of J.J. McCarthy is out of his control. And those who watched McCarthy closely at Michigan don’t believe it should overshadow his NFL potential. McCarthy, a polarizing quarterback prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft, does not have the same statistical resume as top signal-callers like Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye. Of those four quarterbacks, the consensus top four, McCarthy finished with the fewest passing yards in 2023, and by a wide margin. He also threw nearly 100 fewer passes than Maye, who attempted the most (425) of the quartet, and 50 fewer than ..read more
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Jayden Daniels Responds To Rumor Of ‘Intent’ To Play For Patriots
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by Adam London
3d ago
Sign In Jayden Daniels isn’t moving in silence as rumors swirl about his NFL future. Daniels previously shut down a report claiming people in his camp weren’t thrilled about the idea of the quarterback landing with the Patriots, who own the third overall pick in the draft. The reigning Heisman Trophy also called for an end to a troubling rumor about his elbow, which he says is “perfectly fine.” The impending 2024 first-round pick was back at it Tuesday when he responded to a report from EstablishTheRun’s Evan Silva, who claimed Daniels was “intent on playing for New England” after previous mee ..read more
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Why Adam Schefter Believes Patriots Trading Down Would Be ‘Challenging’
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by Jason Ounpraseuth
4d ago
Sign In The Patriots have a complex decision to make with the third overall pick, and a prominent NFL insider added more context to New England’s situation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his podcast this week doubled down on previous intel that Jayden Daniels will go No. 2 to the Washington Commanders. In the insider’s scenario, that leaves either Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy for New England. “A lot of people talking about New England moving out of that spot. I don’t know about that,” Schefter said. “I’m not gonna tell you they won’t. Of course, they would for the right offer, but I think it’s going ..read more
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NFL Insider Shares ‘Interesting’ Info About Patriots’ 2024 Draft Prep
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by Adam London
4d ago
Sign In The Patriots don’t appear to be dead set on their plan for the No. 3 draft pick. New England really can’t be, as its full slate of opportunities will depend on what the Washington Commanders do with the selection prior. That said, if Jerod Mayo and company are looking to draft a quarterback in Round 1, we probably can narrow down the field of candidates. In his latest NFL takeaways column for Sports Illustrated, Albert Breer included a Patriots nugget that offered some insight into how New England views the 2024 QB class. “My sense is the New England Patriots haven’t made up their mind ..read more
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Mel Kiper Jr. Projects Patriots’ First Two Picks In 2024 NFL Draft
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by Adam London
4d ago
Sign In Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Patriots will use their first two picks in the 2024 NFL Draft to make significant offensive improvements. Much has been made about the possibility of New England trading down in the first round. The Patriots could fetch quite a haul for the No. 3 pick, but Kiper believes Jerod Mayo and company will stand pat and select quarterback Drake Maye. Although Maye might need more time to develop than other signal-callers in the class, Kiper attached a “top-10” grade to the North Carolina product, who is “an elite deep-ball thrower.” Thirty-one picks later, Kiper proj ..read more
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Did Malik Nabers Reveal Where Potential Patriots Pick Will Go?
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by Jason Ounpraseuth
4d ago
Sign In There are multiple moving factors heading into the 2024 NFL Draft, but a comment from a top wide receiver prospect might catch Patriots fans’ attention. New England controls the No. 3 pick in the draft, but its decision will come down to what the Washington Commanders do with the second overall pick. There also are multiple teams that could try to trade into the top three to select either Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels or J.J. McCarthy. It’s unknown which quarterback Washington prefers. It’s been linked to all three, so there hasn’t been a definitive consensus among mock drafters. However ..read more
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Patriots Trade? What NFL Analyst Thinks New England ‘Should Do’ In Draft
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by Ricky Doyle
4d ago
Sign In The New England Patriots have options with the No. 3 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, regardless of what the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders do with the No. 1 and No. 2 selections, respectively. They could select one of the top quarterbacks available, as Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels and J.J. McCarthy all look poised to be chosen early in Round 1. Or they could trade the pick, with an eye toward accumulating additional assets that’ll help facilitate their rebuild. ESPN NFL analyst Bill Barnwell on Monday offered his thoughts on what each team should do in the first roun ..read more
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