Things are moving quickly today with regards to the chances of the New England Patriots trading Ryan Mallett on the 2013 NFL Draft, and it seems like the Cleveland Browns continue to be the favorites in the sweepstakes to land the top backup QB. Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reported that the New England Patriots have received more offers for Ryan Mallett and that three sources told Bedard that the Patriots have a slightly higher chance of dealing Mallett.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer then reported that there is “draft-day chatter” of the Cleveland Browns sending another offer to the New England Patriots for Ryan Mallett. Now, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that the Cleveland Browns have indeed asked the Patriots about a potential deal for Ryan Mallett again. According to Howe, the Patriots unsurprisingly want “at least” a second-round draft choice for Mallett.
The Patriots are as high as any team on Mallett’s ability, and they are going to try and get everything they can out of Ryan Mallett in a deal. His strong arm is something the Browns also hold in high regard, because Mallett’s arm strength would make him an ideal fit for the Browns vertical offense. Giving up more than a second-rounder for Mallett would be overpaying, but some believe that the Patriots could even get a first-round draft choice in 2014 out of Mallett. They are driving a hard bargain, but it is unsurprising given their love for Mallett.
It will be interesting to see if the Browns are able to trade down and then use a second-round pick to acquire Mallett, since they don’t have a second-round choice at the moment. If the Patriots end up trading Mallett, then I am almost certain that they would draft a quarterback this year.
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