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Patriots could move up in NFL Draft if top QB slides

Bill Belichick, Patriots

Five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady of the New England Patriots isn’t getting any younger. The perennial Pro Bowler may want to play until his 45, but the Patriots brass needs to start planning for the future of the quarterback position right now.

With the team parting ways with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in trades last season, the team has no one to take over when Brady calls it a career. New England needs to find Brady’s successor and with the talented crop of quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft, the time might be now to make a move.

The Patriots are armed with two first-round picks on Thursday and could be planning on trading up if they believe they can get one of the promising young signal callers in the draft, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

At this point, all signs point to Lamar Jackson out of Louisville being the quarterback the team may target in the first round of tomorrow’s draft. Jackson had multiple visits with the Patriots and there seems to mutual interest from both sides. The Cardinals product would love to have the Garoppolo role in New England with the team seemingly ready to start grooming another quarterback.

Jackson isn’t expected to be taken at the top of the draft like some of the other promising quarterback prospects. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield are widely believed to be the off the table within the first 10 picks or so. Josh Rosen out of UCLA could be in that mix and might even be one of New England’s targets if he falls beyond where expected.

Needless to say, the Patriots will be a team to watch as they could potentially be going after Brady’s successor in the first round of the draft on Thursday.