Patriots build Championship-ready roster with offense-only 7-round mock draft

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The Patriots then trade back into the first round for a specific player

Mock draft rd1 trade 2

Because the offense needs an entire makeover in 2024, Jerod Mayo should go completely off the Bill Belichick script and trade back into the first round. He could do this by swapping picks with the Cardinals, giving up No. 34 for pick 27 while also sending a fourth-rounder to Arizona.

This allows the Patriots to get their next franchise quarterback.

Mock draft trade 2. Michael Penix Jr.. . . 1. player. Quarterback. Michael Penix Jr.. 521.

One of the more under-the-radar quarterbacks going into this year's draft has surprisingly been UW's Michael Penix Jr. He was the main topic of conversation near the end of the college season but has fallen off over the last month primarily due to the rise of Jayden Daniels.

Although the LSU quarterback continues to be linked to the Patriots, he would likely be well off the board by the time they choose to select their next signal-caller, leading them to Penix Jr.

The former Husky didn't end the 2023 season all that greatly, with a big loss in the Championship game to Michigan. However, his strong arm and mobility would be a welcomed change in New England, which needs to keep up with the current trend of quarterbacks in the league. Penix Jr. would fit that mold and then some, with his natural confidence and leadership being a significant factor within a developing offense.