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Report: Patriots ‘open to trading’ No. 3 pick in NFL draft

2/12/2024 1:24:53 PM
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The Patriots have an important decision to make with the No. 3 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s really anyone’s guess what New England will do, especially as the organization embarks on a new era of football at One Patriot Place.

With quarterback being a major need, many mock drafts have the Patriots selecting a top QB with the pick. Others have them selecting receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. Another avenue New England could explore is the idea of trading the pick and finding its quarterback in free agency, Lauren Campbell of Masslive reports.

A report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano suggested that two NFC teams might be in the market as trade partners.

“The Patriots also need a quarterback, but there are people around the league who believe they are open to trading the No. 3 selection, moving back in the draft and addressing the quarterback position in free agency,” Graziano wrote. “If the Pats do trade that pick — which could be (Jayden) Daniels or (Drake) Maye — the two teams I’d keep an eye on are the Falcons (moving from the No. 8 spot) and the Vikings (moving from the No. 11 spot, assuming they don’t bring back Kirk Cousins).”

The Falcons have talent on their roster, but have struggled with their quarterback, so being able to put themselves in a position to draft what they hope is a franchise quarterback would certainly benefit them. But between Atlanta and the Vikings, Graziano wrote that Minnesota might be more motivated to be the team to make the move.

“Minnesota knows it eventually has to address the quarterback position long term, and the notion of bringing in Daniels to pair with their star LSU alum wideout Justin Jefferson has appeal to some in the organization,” Graziano reported.

The Vikings could opt to bring Cousins back after he tore his Achilles last season. But it’s unclear if that will happen, or if they’ll be aggressive to try to get into the top three in April’s draft.

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