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RUMOR: Patriots firmly in the mix to select a quarterback in 2020 NFL Draft

Bill Belichick, Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love, Patriots

The New England Patriots are firmly in the mix to select a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rapoport discussed the Patriots’ potential plans in a recent appearance on the Rich Eisen Show.

Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham are both on the Patriots roster right now and although both guys could end up being the starter for the 2020 season, it seems more likely the team might go through the draft to get their long term solution:

“I would say the Patriots are very firmly in the quarterback mix,” Rapoport said. “They are just so far back, so I’m having trouble figuring out what are they actually going to do.

“They’re up in the 20s. Jordan Love sliding into the teens and then grabbing him is a scenario I’ve thought a lot about.”

Rapoport thinks that will be option number one, but they also found Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round and they could go in that same direction. The Patriots don’t currently own a second round pick, so if they wanted to go in that direction, they would need to swing a trade to pick up another pick:

“They’ve also had some success with Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round, so maybe they try to repeat that.

“They don’t have a second-rounder, so they either could trade back and create one maybe, or they could use some third and fourth and trade up in the first round.

There are a lot of intriguing storylines to watch surrounding this draft and how the Patriots will replace Tom Brady has to be one of the big topics.