There has been a lot of speculation regarding what the Patriots will do with their highest draft pick in over 30 years. Because of the situation they're in at quarterback, with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe appearing not to be the future at the position, the assumption has been the team will prioritize finding their next franchise quarterback in the first round.
They're in an excellent spot to do just that, too. Depending on how the first two picks pan out, with the Bears' opinion of Justin Fields remaining as the starter unknown and the Commanders' choice of a quarterback, the Patriots could have one of the top two quarterbacks available to them by the time they're on the clock.
If Drake Maye or Caleb Williams, the top-ranked players, are off the board, they could shift their focus to Jayden Daniels from LSU, who also just won the Heisman Trophy for his 2023 performance.
All of which would be good choices and a clear indicator of the complete offensive reset that Mayo will want to implement moving forward.
There have also been talks of them taking a highly touted wide receiver, especially if Marvin Harrison Jr. remains on the board. Or the best offensive tackle in the class, Notre Dame's Joe Alt, since both positions need upgrading.
However, during an interview with WBZ on Wednesday afternoon, Mayo seemingly quashed any rumors about what position they will be going for with the coveted third pick, alluding to taking a quarterback since it's the most important position on the field.
“We’re gonna draft the best player for a position that is very important. You put the pieces together.”
There's, of course, an argument to be made that he's not telling the absolute truth since the typical way of going about the draft is by not showing your cards, especially when you pick early on.
However, it's not like the Patriots deciding to go with a quarterback is shocking to anyone, so him implying that the path they're going down shouldn't change other teams' plans.