The New England Patriots have been the subject of a ton of speculation this offseason. After they sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday afternoon, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio decided to speculate on why. He thinks they could be maneuvering into position to trade up for a quarterback.
The idea isn’t too farfetched. As great as Tom Brady is, he is still 40 years old. That would even be old for a kicker in the NFL. But for a quarterback? They might as well start calling him Father Time.
But eventually, the Patriots are going to lose Brady. If all goes well, it will be during the offseason and after they won another Super Bowl. However, at his age, Brady is one bone-crushing sack away from being done.
If that sack were to come at any time during next season, as the roster currently stands, they would turn to Brian Hoyer.
Even if they were to draft someone, they’d probably turn to Hoyer anyway. But when he plays like expected, fans are going to be shouting for someone—anyone – else. It would help to have someone else on the roster.
One of the many promising young quarterbacks available in the draft would certainly do the trick.
In his post, Florio speculated that the Patriots might try to package their two first-round picks (No. 23 and 31) and maybe one of their second-round picks (or both). If they wanted to select Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen they would need to package most of those picks to someone in the top five.
But they would be smarter to hold onto their picks and take someone like Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson late in the first round.
Are they better than the other four? Probably not. But they are good quarterbacks with just as much of a shot to make it in the NFL.