Ranking 4 possible quarterback duos for the Patriots after Mac Jones trade

The post-Mac Jones era officially begins.

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2. Jayden Daniels and Sam Darnold

Here's where things get fun, and quite frankly, more realistic. Like I said earlier, the draft order will probably look like this: Williams, Maye, Daniels. That means the Patriots get a chance to sport a dual-threat quarterback under center; one who has a high ceiling, too.

Daniels comes out of the SEC having accounted for nearly 5,000 total yards and 50 touchdowns overall, including 10 on the ground. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in his final season with the Tigers, en route to winning the Heisman Trophy.

After two decades of watching a pure pocket passer like Tom Brady and a mixture of Jones and Zappe, fans will now get to see something they have never seen before in Daniels. This kid could be special. He picks apart zone defenses with ease, which is something you look for in a pro quarterback.

As a possible backup, the Patriots could be eyeing someone like Sam Darnold, who still has plenty of career left ahead of him. Will Darnold find a place to try and start after serving as Brock Purdy's backup last season? Or, will he opt for another backup role or even a potential "bridge" like he'd be in New England?

Note: Zappe kept as third quarterback