Buzz surrounding Patriots drafting QB high in draft doesn’t make much sense

Ryan Hannable
April 25, 2019 - 11:34 am
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There is a long time between the end of the NFL season and the NFL draft.

This leaves plenty of time for rumors to circulate, some of which are true, while others are not. When it comes to the Patriots, over the last few weeks there has been a lot of chatter of the team selecting a quarterback in the first round in either Duke’s Daniel Jones or West Virginia’s Will Grier.

Why? 

It seems to happen every single year where teams that need quarterbacks panic and trade up in the first round, which forces a run at that position. Often times there are way more quarterbacks taken in the first round than anticipated, some of which don’t deserve to be first-rounders.

The same seems to be playing out this year where there’s a good chance of four, or even five, quarterbacks being selected in the first round when at the combine just a few months ago the talk was how poor this year’s class is and there were only two true first-rounders in Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins.

Even if Jones or Grier is around at No. 32, does it really make much sense for New England? 

If the Patriots truly believe one of them is the potential successor to Tom Brady and no one better will be around in the next year or two then it’s worth it, but it’s hard to believe that is the case. This year’s quarterbacks class isn’t that good. It’s what everyone said in March, but now that the draft is here, everyone is a first-rounder.

Brady has said he plans on playing until he’s 45, which is what he’s been saying for years, so it isn’t like the organization is in a panic situation of trying to find a young quarterback. There’s still time.

The Patriots also have much bigger needs, including tight end, wide receiver and defensive end. It would be a shame to miss out on a top player at one of these positions to reach for a quarterback at No. 32.

With that being said, we’re not saying it doesn’t make sense for the team to take a quarterback at all, because selecting one in the middle-to-late rounds does makes some sense, especially having 12 overall selections. Maybe he turns into Brady’s successor, or maybe not and they can turn the pick into acquiring an impact player like Jacoby Brissett getting dealt to Indy for Phillip Dorsett a few years ago.

So with all the rumors going around as the draft approaches, stick to what has been said all along — it’s unlikely the Patriots select a quarterback high in the draft.

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