Because the quarterback situation wasn't answered in the first round, the Patriots addressed that with their second-round pick.
At this point, it seems like LSU's Jayden Daniels would be a bit of a controversial pick since most fans seem dead set on either Maye or Williams, but if the Patriots hope to improve at quarterback while also keeping up with the rise of mobile QBs in the league, Daniels is an easy choice.
Round 2 - Pick 35: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
"There is certainly a world where Daniels doesn’t make it to the top of the second round. But the Patriots should be interested in this dynamic, dual-threat quarterback, regardless of how much his draft stock swings."
Other than the presumed criticism about this pick for the Patriots, mainly stemming from the idea that they only need a quarterback that is considered a first-roundBesides talent, Bill Belichick's past interest in Lamar Jackson cannot be overlooked when considering the possibility of Daniels landing in New England.
Jackson had a visit with the team prior to the draft, and it was reported Belichick was eyeing him to be the new franchise QB. Tom Brady was still under contract then, and the Patriots ultimately passed on Jackson for Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel, decisions that continue to haunt the team to this day.
It wouldn't be surprising if the head coach attempted to right his wrongs by selecting Daniels six years later to finally get his hands on a mobile quarterback that hasn't been the norm during his tenure.
One of the other biggest needs for the draft is an offensive tackle, as the line continues to be an inconsistent part of the offense on game day. Since PFF waited until the third round to have them take a lineman, it's possible they went off the assumption that Trent Brown and Mike Onwenu, the two best players at their positions on the team, will be re-signed this offseason.
If that's the case, waiting to take Kingsley Suamataia with pick 67 may not be a bad choice.
Round 3 - Pick 67: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU
"Suamataia is a former five-star offensive lineman who moves very well despite his 6-foot-6, 325-pound frame. He could end up going higher than Pick 67. But, there are still inconsistencies in his game, especially in run blocking. While his lack of mastery might bring him back to BYU for one more season, even what he is showing now would make him a good player to draft and develop."
The other part that will come into question about this pick is the possibility of Suamataia returning to BYU for another season. That won't be known for a while, but it's certainly something to monitor if he continues to be a projected pick for the Patriots.