Patriots scouts were in attendance for USC quarterback Caleb Williams' potentially last college game on Saturday
Although the 2024 NFL draft is still over five months away, the Patriots find themselves with a top-three pick entering Week 11, the highest selection they could have since they drafted Drew Bledsoe with the first overall pick in 1993.
Because of their poor record and the high chance they will move on from Mac Jones as their starting quarterback, mock drafts continue to have the Patriots taking his replacement with their pick, coming down to North Carolina's Drake Maye or USC's Caleb Williams.
As the top prospects of the class, New England may have a chance at either of them if the season continues to go the way it has.
It's clear the team is taking their opportunity seriously, as they continue to be diligent with sending scouts to multiple games throughout the college season, the latest of which was Williams' final game of his career against UCLA on Saturday afternoon.
It was the first time any representatives for the team had been in attendance for one of the quarterback's games, probably due to what most believed was an unlikely chance they would be in contention for him come draft time. But now that they've moved up the draft board, currently holding the third pick, there is plenty of time to move up even more; it makes sense they made the time to see Williams in his final game.
Unfortunately, the Trojans lost the game 38-20, but Williams impressed with his performance regardless. It adds even more intrigue to the Patriots' draft board.