The Patriots still have more than two months to decide what to do with the No. 3 overall pick, but some league insiders believe there are early signs of what to do with the No. 3 overall pick. .
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported on Saturday that “league sources” believe the Patriots are open to moving their top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and finding a quarterback in free agency instead. That’s what it means. Graziano said the two teams “to watch” if the Patriots acquire the pick are the Falcons and Vikings.
What the Patriots do with the No. 3 overall pick will be the first big decision for Elliott Wolf, who will reportedly be the team’s primary roster decision-maker. Although Mr. Wolf has never been a lead decision maker, he has held senior leadership roles in two different organizations. But in the 12 seasons he spent as a top member of the Packers and Browns’ front offices, both teams traded down from a first-round pick only twice.
Of course, this is a very different situation, and this is the first time Mr. Wolf has reportedly had the final say. With Caleb Williams, Drake Maye and Jaden Daniels expected to be the top three picks in this spring’s draft, the Patriots could select their future franchise quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick. But it’s clear they have some other holes to fill, and trading down picks could help.
If the Falcons, who have the No. 8 overall pick, and the Vikings, who have the No. 11 overall pick, are the teams most interested in trading up to No. 3, recent precedent for teams holding onto draft picks. There are several. To select a quarterback, trade anywhere up to No. 3 overall. In 2018, the Jets used the No. 6 overall pick and two second-round picks from that year’s draft (37th and 49th overall) to select Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick, and in 2019. He gave up his second overall pick.
As for how much it would cost for the Vikings to move up to No. 3 overall, the 49ers would give up the 12th overall pick, two future first-round picks and one third-round pick, and move up to No. 3 in 2021. He was selected as the 3rd overall pick. Trey Lance.
A similar trade package could be attractive if the Patriots prioritize depth over the need for a top quarterback in the draft. The Patriots only own seven picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, one pick in each round, and have not acquired any additional draft capital for the 2025 NFL Draft.
If the Patriots choose to go the free agent route to fill their quarterback hole this offseason, there are several notable options expected to hit the market in March. Kirk Cousins will lead the way, while Baker Mayfield likely earned a big paycheck after a season in which he led the Buccaneers to the NFC divisional round.
Beyond Cousins and Mayfield, Ryan Tannehill, Gardner Minshew and Jacoby Brissett round out the remaining notable veteran quarterbacks set to hit the open market. Of that group, Brissett may be the best fit. Not only will Brissett begin his NFL career with the Patriots, but he also has ties to new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. The two worked together with the Browns during the 2022 NFL season, with Brissett starting 11 games for Cleveland and Van Pelt serving as offensive coordinator.