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As per usual, the Patriots don’t have a lot of glaring needs heading into the NFL draft tonight. At pick #29, the Patriots could go almost any direction: tight end, pass rusher, defensive tackle, cornerback depth — chances are, many of the elite prospects at those positions will be long gone by the time the Pats are on the clock. Given that scenario, the Patriots, as they love to do, will try to move down.
Moving out of the first round and stockpiling picks later in this draft, and in future years will be a lot easier if a team like the Browns begin swiping Quarterbacks off the board. Lets assume the Texans, Jaguars, Browns, Raiders, Vikings feel they need one of the top four QBs in the draft. Nearly every mock draft on the planet has the Texans picking Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick.
Additionally, the Jags appear in line to select either Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins at number three. With some of the elite options at other positions off the board, with the fourth pick the Browns could very well select the first Quarterback. If the Vikings pick the next at number eight, and then a team like the Titans at #11 or the Cardinals at #20 select the third Quarterback in the first round–the Texans and Jaguars may attempt to trade back into the late first round to make sure they select their franchise signal caller this year.
If most teams see the top four QB prospects of this class as: Manziel, Bortles, Bridgewater and Carr, and the three of them go by pick #20, the Patriots could see some very nice trade offers from Quarterback needy teams that want to jump back into the first round. Plus, the Patriots may still be able to get the guy they want in the beginning of the second round. However, if QBs don’t fly off the board, teams like Houston and Jacksonville will be sighing in relief at the beginning of the second round and the Patriots will be forced to use their #29 pick.