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Rumor: Patriots, Broncos gearing up for NFL Draft trade

NFL Draft, Patriots, Broncos

There are still a number of teams posing as candidates to potentially add a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Football fans are pretty aware of the obvious, at this point. The Jacksonville Jaguars are all but guaranteed to take Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick, with the New York Jets likely selecting BYU signal-caller Zach Wilson No. 2 overall.

Each of the next two selections could be quarterbacks, as well. The San Francisco 49ers are almost certainly taking a QB, and the Atlanta Falcons could look to draft Matt Ryan’s eventual successor.

Obviously, that does not leave a ton of room for teams further down the board to get their possible quarterback of choice. But two in particular appear to be trying.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are candidates to move up the draft board:

Rapoport says the Broncos remain keen on incumbent starter Drew Lock, but could still seize the opportunity to move up and select a top talent to push Lock. He added Denver actually had chances to deal Lock in the offseason but opted against trading him.

The Patriots might be a bit more eager to move up from the No. 15 spot. New England re-signed Cam Newton in the offseason, but the structure of his deal lends itself to adding talent at the quarterback position.

Bill Belichick typically covets draft assets. Still, the Patriots are in desperate need of a new face under center in the post-Tom Brady era.

In any case, both the Broncos and Patriots could be active in trying to trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft, especially if the Carolina Panthers — fresh off acquiring Sam Darnold — are willing to move back.