Mel Kiper Jr.’s Latest Mock Draft Has New England Drafting This Quarterback

The New England Patriots will need to solve their quarterback situation before the beginning of the new season. Some believe that the Patriots will make a few moves this offseason. They are chasing a quarterback, and head coach Bill Belichick sure has a few options on his mind. TB12 signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots got Brian Hoyer, and Jarrett Stidham was considered a good option for the starting position. Hoyer and Cody Kessler are supposed to compete over the backup position.

The 2020 NFL Draft will start in a month. Mel Kiper Jr. from ESPN surprised everyone with his mock draft idea. Kiper released his most recent mock Tuesday. According to him, the Patriots will draft a quarterback with the No. 23 pick in the first round. Kiper is convinced that the Pats will try to snatch Jordan Love from Utah State.

“At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats — 20 TD passes, 17 INTs — will scare off some,” Kiper wrote. “I don’t put much stock into it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It’s tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.”

New England needs a quarterback

Kiper is convinced that the Patriots won’t enter the new season with their current quarterback options.

This doesn’t mean that Love is the only option Belichick has at the moment. The team may also trade up the first round if they want another signal-caller. However, their general lack of high-end picks in the 2020 draft may be an obstacle in that area.

New England has experienced “an exodus” on the defensive side of the ball. This means that coach Belichick may take the other route. Belichick had a hard time getting his offense in order. He will have to take that into consideration before making any major moves next month. Offseason team activities are postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.