After the first day of the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots didn’t take a quarterback. On Day 2, the Patriots must address that.
In the first round of the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots had a very successful night, as they were able to address two needs. First, the Patriots bolstered their offensive line by selecting Isaiah Wynn. As a player that can play both guard and tackle, the selection of Wynn gives the Patriots some options for their offensive line next season.
After the selection of Wynn, the Patriots then took running back Sony Michel. After Saquon Barkley, Michel was considered to be the next best running back in the draft by many. Since the Patriots lost Dion Lewis in free agency, Michel will help replace his production right away in his rookie season.
While both of these picks were good ones for the Patriots, there is still a need for a few other positions. It was somewhat surprising to see that the Patriots went with two offensive players in the first round, but they still have one more need on that side of the ball.
Due to the trading of Jimmy Garoppolo last season, the Patriots don’t have an heir for Tom Brady as of now. Since the Patriots passed up on Lamar Jackson twice in the first round, they might not have been as interested in him as some reports indicated.
As of now, the Patriots only have two picks in the second round, and then they don’t pick again until the fifth round. With this in mind, the Patriots must use one of their two second-round picks on a quarterback.
Since five were taken in the first round, there aren’t many great options remaining for the Patriots to pick. Unless they want to go really digging for a prospect, the second round could be their only chance to grab a potential heir to Brady.
Heading into Day 2, some of the notable quarterbacks that are still available are Mason Rudolph, Kyle Lauletta, Luke Falk. After those three, there is a notable drop off in quarterback prospects, and finding an heir becomes much harder.
If the Patriots want to realistically find an heir for Brady this season, it is likely going to have to happen in Round 2. If not, the team will have to hope that Brady doesn’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.