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New England Patriots links 4/27/21 - To QB, or not to QB, that is the question for the Pats’ 2021 draft

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  • Christopher Simoneau (FullPressCoverage) The Patriots are going to be a force in 2021.
  • Chad Finn finds himself hoping Bill Belichick does something unexpected in this year’s draft, but doesn’t believe it’s possible. “There are just too many plausible possibilities this year for Belichick to pull off a genuine surprise.” /Interesting point of view.
  • Ryan Hannable shares some random pre-draft Pats thoughts in smokescreen season: 1. The closer the draft gets, the more and more it feels like one or two of the top five quarterbacks will slide towards the end of the top 10.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why this week’s draft could be more of a crapshoot than ever, thanks to opt outs, weird scheduling and a lack of evaluation on many top prospects.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes: 5 Things to know. 1) Speculation will be rampant this week and it’s already started out that way as people try and figure out exactly what Bill Belichick and company may do heading into this weekend’s NFL Draft.
  • Ryan Hannable says that according to ESPN’s Todd McShay, New England is more likely to trade back than up in the NFL Draft this week.
  • Dakota Randall highlights Jeff Howe (The Athletic): The Patriots are trying (to move up). That’s been the case for a while now. They’ve studied every QB, have worked to assess the price to trade up and will ultimately have to determine if the trade price meets the value of the QBs’ evaluations.” /Hm...I trust Jeff Howe.
  • Zack Cox relays Mel Kiper, Jr. on how he would be ‘really surprised’ if the Pats don’t trade up.
  • Dakota Randall passes along a Mike Giardi report that because New England had their 77th-overall pick stolen by Roger Goodell, teams believe the team will want to add picks for Day 2 of the draft.
  • DJ Bean tells us five things he does not want the Patriots to do in the draft: 1. Avoid drafting a wide receiver again. 2. Spend a first-round pick on DeVonta Smith.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) 2021 Patriots draft: This upcoming draft is not about 2021, but 2022.
  • Andrew Callahan analyzes the Patriots’ 10 best prospect fits in the NFL Draft.
  • Matt Dolloff issues Part 4 of his ‘NFL Draft prospects to know for the 2021 Patriots’ series.
  • Karen Guregian and Andrew Callahan debate which available quarterback prospect best fits the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox evaluates how Notre Dame QB Ian Book would fit with the Patriots. Book checks a lot of boxes — if the Patriots can overlook his stature.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Should the Patriots target Arkansas QB Feleipe Franks in the later rounds? /Who?
  • Doug Kyed picks a safety for the Patriots in every round of the draft.
  • Andrew Callahan talks about the NFL Network report that the Patriots have had exploratory trade talks with teams in the top 10 of the draft, for Ohio State QB Justin Fields.
  • Phil Perry issues his final mock draft of the year: Patriots trade up to No. 13 to pick Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Patriots 7-round mock draft 4.0.
  • Christopher Price talks about whether the Niners draft plan would mean an easing of their demands when it comes to a potential trade of Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Doug Kyed also jumps back in to the Jimmy Garoppolo to the Patriots talk.
  • Alex Reimer thinks it sure looks like Bill Belichick is waiting for Jimmy G., even if it takes another year. /’Eesh.
  • Chad Finn runs through the scenarios and asks, which quarterback do you want the Patriots to end up with?
  • Khari Thompson looks at what the latest speculation on Mac Jones and Trey Lance means for the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox notes Josh Uche gave his rookie jersey No. 53 to Kyle Van Noy and will wear NO. 55 this season. /Nice!
  • Ryan Hannable finds Bill Belichick continuing to praise Matt Patricia following return to Patriots.
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare ‘clazzyclare’ Cooper is joined by voice of Gillette Stadium, John Rooke to talk free agency, the draft and some darn good Patriots chat too. (40 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss a unique mock draft which showcased some impressive trade prowess, and Murph grades the choice of QB Mac Jones in the Ultimate Mock Draft 2021. (44 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Steve Balestrieri and Derek Havens’ latest mock draft; Draft preview. (74 min)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Kyle Shanahan’s secrecy over the No. 3 pick is fun; Plus, a global look at the 2021 draft class, some players who may have red flags and more.
  • Cameron Wolfe (ESPN) How scouting during the pandemic will turn 2021 NFL draft into ‘wild, Wild West.’
  • Josh Schrock (NBC Sports Bay Area) 2021 NFL Draft: Five bold predictions with Jimmy Garoppolo trade. No 4: Bill Belichick moves up the board, but not for a QB.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Breaking down likely first-round picks at each position reveals locks and uncertainties.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) The best draft prospect quarterbacks against every type of coverage.
  • Jeff Eisenberg (Yahoo! Sports) Five QBs are expected to go in the first round; Not all of them will succeed.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Kyle Shanahan takes morbid turn to deflect question on Jimmy Garoppolo’s future.
  • Staff (PFF) 2021 NFL draft: Final PFF position rankings.
  • Michael Renner (PFF) 2021 NFL Draft: Dream scenarios for all 32 first-round picks. 15. Pats: Alabama QB Mac Jones.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft: 32 surprise picks that could shake up Round 1, including Justin Fields going No. 2 to the Jets.
  • Michael Renner (PFF) The most underrated players in the draft according to the PFF draft board.
  • Mark Schofield (TouchdownWire) Mock Draft 4.0: Schofield’s “Mock of Integrity.” Pats trade with the Giants, pick North Dakota State QB Trey Lance at No. 11.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) Mock Draft: Bears trade up to capitalize on Justin Fields’ fall, Patriots move up for QB.
  • Eric Eager & George Chahouri (PFF) NFL mock draft. Pats trade with Dallas, pick Alabama QB Mac Jones at No. 10.
  • Bob McClellan (ESPN) All 29 times that NFL teams traded up to draft a quarterback
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) The NFL draft returning to its old ways only serves to remind us the 2020 edition will never be topped.