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Are the New England Patriots targeting QB Baker Mayfield in 2018 draft?

It appears that the Patriots could be engineering a move upward in the draft with their two late first-round picks, but they would be better off taking value by improving their team with Tom Brady still playing at an MVP level.


Kahron Spearman


The New England Patriots' interest in University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield becomes more evident in the aftermath of the team's trade of receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams to procure an extra first-round pick in the upcoming draft. 

 

It appears the the New York Jets are among the teams "fully aware of the Patriots' affinity for Mayfield" and are scheduled to bring him in for a visit, according to the New York Daily News.

Where there's smoke, there's fire, and there's a lot of smoke from other places.

 

CBS Sports' also notes New England's pickup of the No. 23 overall pick along with their own pick No. 31 overall is "all about a quarterback," while suggesting Mayfield is the target. 

Mentally, [Baker Mayfield]'s the best one Ive ever been around, and Ive been around some good ones. Theres not gonna be a guy walk in and process what this guy can process. Thats not gonna be an issue at the next level, regardless of the system or amount of verbiage

The primary issue is that their longtime quarterback Tom Brady was just named NFL MVP, and threw for 500 yards in a Super Bowl loss.

 

Unless they see Mayfield as a dominating player in that position and on the level of Brady, it doesn't make a lot of sense to take him. The Patriots have serious needs within the offensive and defensive line, as well as their secondary.

 

There's too much value to be had in those areas that could improve the team now, while Brady is playing well, versus trading value to get a play who will sit at least a season.

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