The New England Patriots have the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Although the team still has Cam Newton in its back pocket, obviously he isn’t a long-term solution at the quarterback position.
As such, it should come as no surprise that the Patriots’ front office desperately wants to find a promising young talent in Thursday’s proceedings.
The problem is – it’s unlikely that anyone worth taking will still be around at No. 15.
Trading up is really New England’s only option for getting a competent quarterback.
According to NFL insider Dov Kleiman, the Patriots have reached out to two specific teams regarding a possible deal ahead of the draft.
Those two teams?
The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.
“[The] Patriots have been making calls to move into the top 10 to Draft a QB if one, such as Justin Fields slides,” he reported.
“Two of the teams that the Patriots contacted about moving up into the top 10 are the Falcons and Panthers.”
Atlanta has the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, while Carolina has No. 8.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) April 24, 2021
The Patriots have made it no secret that they covet a passer. They’ve been rumored to be interested in one in particular, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll still be available when they’re up to bat.
One thing is for certain, though – New England needs to make a big move. Another year like the one experienced last year will not stand. Opposing coaches and GMs were literally taunting the Patriots at one point.
Will Bill Belichick and Co. be able to secure a promising young quarterback and turn the franchise’s fortunes around? Time will tell.