Will Patriots trade up for next quarterback?

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Now that the Patriots have added a second-round pick in 2018 and also opened a gaping hole on the roster for a new developmental quarterback, they’ll need to once again use a draft pick on a quarterback — something they’ve done eight times during Tom Brady‘s stint as the starter.

Given the meticulous nature of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, chances are that he already has scoured over the quarterback class of 2018 and spotted the guy that he wants.

So here’s the question, given that other teams have had no recent qualms about moving up for quarterbacks. Would the Patriots package current and future picks in an effort to move up to get the guy who could be their next quarterback?

Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston said that won’t happen, because the Patriots have too many holes on the roster than need to be filled. Still, the one thing to expect when it comes to the Patriots always is the unexpected, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the Patriots make a move to get the guy they want.

It also shouldn’t be a surprise if they finally use a first-round pick on a quarterback, especially given the option year. If the Pats again spend a second-rounder on another quarterback, they’ll have him for only four years. If they invest a first-rounder, they’ll have him for up to five years.

Given the way Tom Brady is playing at 40, it could make plenty of sense to ensure that the next guy is around as long as possible.

34 responses to “Will Patriots trade up for next quarterback?

  1. Problem this year is, you don’t know for sure who is coming out, at least not right now. If he scored over the QB he wants, that QB might not be coming out this year, was a gamble to trade Jimmy, but more times than not, BB knows what he is doing. You can throws the Bills into this mix too, they are loaded with draft choices for 2018.

  2. History would say Bill has been very good at getting great overall value for his draft picks by stretching them out by trading down, if anything. No, I don’t think he’ll suddenly switch tactics by trading up.

  3. We might be talked into accepting Luck or Rodgers at QB2, but you will have to beat out the 6th rounder we draft as well. Good luck!

  4. I’m eager to see what happens if Brady retires and Belicheck stays on. We’re going to see the Pats continue to be a dominant force and the questions will start about how good Brady really was. I personally think you could put a random D1 college QB in there and they’d STILL flirt with the playoffs every year as long as Belicheck is coaching.

    (Cue the thumbs down, thumbs down, thumbs down…)

  5. Brady (17years) , Cassel (12 years) , Hoyer (8 years) , Mallet (6 years) and Jimmy G (3 years) will have taken snaps (for different teams) during the 2017 season. I wonder if that has ever happened before? That’s 5 QB’s that BB drafted (or UDFA in Hoyers case). Five QB’s is a lot of QB’s for one HC to develop regardless of level of achievement.

  6. All us Pats fans drink the BB Kool-Aid too often. Let’s be honest, he backed himself into a corner on this one. I’m sure this same trade (or better) was there for the taking back in March, and he could’ve used that pick in the draft for someone who could be helping the team win right now.

    BB’s great, but he’s not infallible. He overplayed his hand with Jimmy.

  7. Yes, don’t rule out the Patriots trading up. However, you’re crazy if you think the Patriots might trade FUTURE picks in order to do so. New England has pioneered trading FOR future draft picks over Belichick’s tenure, as he was apparently ahead of the rest of the league (which has been catching up recently) in understanding that future draft picks are undervalued in trades. Unless someone were to accept a steal of a price, it isn’t happening.

  8. “Given the meticulous nature of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, chances are that he already has scoured over the quarterback class of 2018 and spotted the guy that he wants.”

    No. NFL coaches are spending every minute on their next game and their current team.

  9. .
    Holes at RB, WR and line are somewhat easily filled through free agency and the draft. If you have problems at QB, it could take a decade to resolve them. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see the Patriots move up in next year’s draft. They may even call their 49ers buddies to see if they would like to reacquire their #2.
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  10. tb12bestqbevah says:
    October 31, 2017 at 3:43 pm
    All us Pats fans drink the BB Kool-Aid too often. Let’s be honest, he backed himself into a corner on this one. I’m sure this same trade (or better) was there for the taking back in March, and he could’ve used that pick in the draft for someone who could be helping the team win right now.

    BB’s great, but he’s not infallible. He overplayed his hand with Jimmy.

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    Or looked at from another point of view: he specifically did NOT want to make this trade back in March because he A, wanted to get into the regular season to make sure Tom would still be top caliber (40 is 40 and warrants caution, even for Tom Brady), and B, he didn’t know the defensive line and offensive lines would need so more more help now.

  11. He didn’t overplay his hand, he exhausted every option to keep JG and watched half a season from Brady to be sure he’s still got it.

  12. I can’t believe this scenario is being offered when the greatest QB in history of protest…err, I mean the NFL is sitting and waiting to be signed!

  13. Some of the same fans that were saying the Pats were going to go 19-0 are probably the same fans saying BB overplayed his hand because BB knew he had holes to fill and refused to fill them.

    Both claims are purely emotional with out any logic or reasoning.

  14. pinoboy73 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    I’m eager to see what happens if Brady retires and Belicheck stays on. We’re going to see the Pats continue to be a dominant force and the questions will start about how good Brady really was. I personally think you could put a random D1 college QB in there and they’d STILL flirt with the playoffs every year as long as Belicheck is coaching.
    ——
    With Brady they went undefeated in the regular season.
    Without him they missed the playoffs the following year.

    With Brady last year they went 13-1 including the greatest comeback in NFL history.
    Without Brady they did go 3-1 but I would put money that they wouldn’t have doubled that win total.

    Any questions? 🙂

  15. I think what happened with the Patriots is that someone in their scouting department thinks they see the next Tom Brady coming into this draft. They were certain, based on last year’s tape, that this kid would be the number one overall pick. But now he’s starting to slip down draft boards. The Patriots are probably helping spread the negative chatter. Now that they’re believing this kid will still be around at the beginning of the second round, they traded Garoppolo for the number 33 or 34 pick (49ers’ 2nd rounder) in the draft. That could be any number of guys. Don’t worry Patriots. I won’t give his name away. This same scenario played out when Dan Marino was drafted. Dan Marino still ended up being Dan Marino, but Don Shula was just a little bit smarter than the other guys. Kind of like Belichick is now. Shula probably helped spread the rumors that allowed them to steal Marino. It’s not that hard. Lots of NFL fronts office’s are clueless.

  16. In my opinion, with the injuries they have compiled on defense this year, the Patriots will be focusing heavily on defense in the draft. For this reason, I find it unlikely that they trade up for a quarterback. They have certainly had success in the past drafting QB’s outside of the first round.

    Never say never, though.

  17. Patriots are master drafters. They will take a player that fills a need and is worth the round they would draft him. The Pats always end up with an abundance of picks. They might find a diamond in a pile of coal. Belichick could retire before Brady does.

  18. I doubt very much they’ll trade up for a QB. They traded away a lot of picks this year and departed from the normal BB strategy of trade down and get more picks. That did not work out well with the exception of Cooks who has been fantastic.

    I see Belichick returning to his usual methods rather than repeated what he did this last off season

  19. I doubt they’ll trade up. They expect Brady to play at least thru 2019, possibly thru 2022. 2 or more years is plenty of time. And even JimmyG, who at time of drafting they clearly picked as a potential heir-apparent to Brady, was a very low 2nd rounder (62nd pick). My guess is with Hoyer (or similar) at backup, they’ll likely just look for a 3rd-round undervalued nugget and only ever trade up if they don’t have another JimmyG the year they know for certain is Brady’s last.

  20. factschecker says:
    October 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    Brady (17years) , Cassel (12 years) , Hoyer (8 years) , Mallet (6 years) and Jimmy G (3 years) will have taken snaps (for different teams) during the 2017 season. I wonder if that has ever happened before? That’s 5 QB’s that BB drafted (or UDFA in Hoyers case). Five QB’s is a lot of QB’s for one HC to develop regardless of level of achievement.

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    And Jacoby Brissett makes 6.

  21. Belichick did not “overplay” his hand with Jimmy. He didn’t trade Jimmy until the last day he could because he values the quarterback position. He exposes the position to injury for 8 regular season games. Hopefully, he will sign a capable backup. If Brady goes down it would be unlikely that they could win a SB even with Jimmy. If he kept Jimmy he would get a 2019 end of the third round compensation pick. Instead, he effectively gets a top three pick in 2018’s 2nd round.

  22. Brady (17years) , Cassel (12 years) , Hoyer (8 years) , Mallet (6 years) and Jimmy G (3 years) will have taken snaps (for different teams) during the 2017 season. I wonder if that has ever happened before? That’s 5 QB’s that BB drafted (or UDFA in Hoyers case). Five QB’s is a lot of QB’s for one HC to develop regardless of level of achievement.

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    +Jacoby Brissett, or as I like to call him, Joey Bag-a-Biscuits, makes 6 Pats QBs starting in the league.

  23. Problem with that scenario is they need a backup QB for the remainder of this season and any playoffs they may qualify for. Next year’s draft ain’t gonna help this year at all.

    I wonder if BB thinks he can tame the irritable Colin?

  24. For the uninformed… BB loved Garapollo… He did every short of a suicide franchise tag to keep him. In the end, the trading deadline was the last shot to get something for him or lose him to free agency and get a crappy compensatory pick. It was not a good choice for BB.

    Now with that said… The trade to SF was perpetrated to get this kid out of the AFC, BB is convinced Jimmy is gonna be a “winner” in the Aaron Rodgers sense of the word…

    So … for all of you portending to understand that trading him was a mistake and “OMG how could they do that, they put there future at risk” you now understand what the Pats were faced with… Brady is the GOAT and at 40 is playing out of his mind… Jimmy had to go.

    It was the right thing to do… San Francisco football fans should be excited… The boy can play.

    Pats Fan

  25. why trade up. got Brady in the 6th round and he has been a serviceable QB despite all the experts at the Globe and Herald saying he was a wasted pick.

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