Patriots Expected To Land ‘Promising Talent’ At Quarterback
December 1, 2023
The New England Patriots have a 2-9 record at this point of the season and a chance to grab a top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Head coach Bill Belichick tried several quarterback options following Tom Brady’s departure, but it seems like he has yet to find his franchise quarterback. According to NFL analysts, the Patriots will use their pick to select a quarterback.
Dane Brugler from The Athletic believes that the Patriots will select North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye with the third pick in the draft. The Patriots have this pick at the moment and getting Maye makes perfect sense for the organization.
“With their quarterback situation in shambles, the Patriots have a bottom-five offense,” Brugler wrote.
Belichick had Cam Newton first, but the Patriots let him go after a season. Mac Jones was next and so was Bailey Zappe. Jones was great in his first season, but his second season was disappointing. So is this one. Zappe looks forward to getting a chance as a starter and even stepped in as replacement for Jones in a few games.
Patriots linked to top quarterback prospect
Will Belichick actually use a top pick to get a player? Brugler reminded us that the Patriots head coach has never selected a player in the top five. However, he may change his approach.
“In his 24 years as head coach in New England, Bill Belichick has never drafted in the top five, but this season is certainly trending in that direction,” Brugler wrote.
“That’s the bad news. The good news? This is a great draft for a quarterback-needy team to own an early pick. Maye is a young player and not without his faults, but he has promising talent and more big-time throws on his tape than any other passer in this class.”
Maye looks like a good option for the Patriots. He measures at 6’4’’ and 230 pounds. He has 3,608 yards passing for 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The North Carolina quarterback completes 63.3% of his passes and has a 149.0 passer rating and a 79.0 quarterback rating.
Maye can also run. He is a mobile quarterback who has 449 yards and nine touchdowns on 112 carries, including an average of four yards per carry.
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