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Patriots will reportedly ‘seriously consider’ selecting a QB with No. 3 pick

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Could Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels be heading to New England?

Drake Maye stiff-arms South Carolina linebacker Stone Blanton. Erik Verduzco/AP Photo

The Patriots can craft a plan heading into the NFL Draft, but the reality is that their fate will largely depend upon what the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders do at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that it would take a “historic haul” for the Bears to trade out of No. 1. Rapoport indicated it’s “likely” the Bears will select USC quarterback Caleb Williams and trade QB Justin Fields.

Colleague Mike Garafolo then noted that the Commanders are expected to “check in” with the Bears to see if trading up to No. 1 is possible. The Commanders reportedly told new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsgbury they would do as much as they possibly could to get the quarterback he wants.

So if Williams goes No. 1, it’s likely that North Carolina’s Drake Maye or LSU’s Jayden Daniels would go No. 2. Then the Patriots would be on the clock and would have a franchise-altering decision to make based on how the dominos fell to that point.

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“All indications are they also will seriously consider taking a quarterback there,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said.

Pelissero said that when the Patriots interviewed offensive coordinator candidates, one of their “big questions” was how each candidate viewed the top QBs.

New England’s new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, who will play a major role in a potential QB’s development, could dictate which route they take.

“The question is, will the guy the Patriots want actually slide to them?” Pelissero said.

The Patriots will theoretically be left with the option to either take the remaining consensus top-three QB, take a surprising leap on another QB, or pivot elsewhere. Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and Washington WR Rome Odunze are also options, or they could lean on an old habit.

“They could be the team that potentially trades out,” Pelissero said. “Either way, Mac Jones, who lost the starting job this season, was demoted all the way to third string in Bill Belichick’s final game, a likely trade candidate in the weeks to come. Good chance that he ends up elsewhere.”

Source: Boston Globe

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