Could the Patriots make a huge trade up on draft day?
Adam Schefter reported that the Arizona Cardinals have received interest in their first round pick. Could the Patriots be one of those interested teams? There’s no conformation as to who has interest in the Cardinals’ third overall pick, but he notes that at least six teams have inquired.
He also notes that the Cardinals haven’t made their minds up as to what they plan on doing with the pick, but I’m sure they’d deal it for the right price. Could the Pats be one of those interested teams? I think so.
Recently, news broke that the team was shopping Mac Jones this offseason, which is a clear indication that they aren’t sold on him as the full-time starter for the Patriots going forward. That coupled with the strained relationship with Bill Belichick creates a sticky situation between Jones and the organization.
This would give them a reason to look for the QB of the future, and if they aren’t sold on Jones, then why wait around? They do appear to have a solid enough offensive line and what could be a very good offensive scheme with Bill O’Brien now in charge.
They also have a great defense, so a rookie QB coming into this situation would have a very good chance at doing well. Well, what would it cost the Pats to move up eleven picks?
If we use the NFL Trade Value Chart, we’ll see that the third overall pick is worth 2,200 points. The Pats 14th overall pick is worth 1,100 points. They’d surely need to part with their second round pick this year, which is worth 440 points, so that gives a value of 1,540 points, and for the sake of the chart, New England would likely need to include another high pick, likely a 2024 first round pick, or a player in the deal.
Packaging their first and second round picks this year, along with a first rounder next year and perhaps another round two or three pick likely gets them up to that third overall selection, where they would likely be able to select Anthony Richardson, a QB out of Florida.