We are just a few days away from the first ever virtual NFL Draft due to the coronavirus.
The New England Patriots are one of the most-intriguing teams going into the draft for the first time in 20 years as they really don’t have a definite starting QB in place after Tom Brady bolted in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King has been making his predictions on what franchises will be doing and he has the Patriots making a blockbuster move in Round 1.
From his latest mock draft:
“13. New England (trade with San Francisco)—Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Alabama
So Tagovailoa could drop, and Bill Belichick really doesn’t want to take a quarterback now, with one draft pick in the top 85 this year and needs all over his roster. And truly: I have no indication, no inside information, that says he’d do this. It’s simply a guess. But think if you’re Belichick. Because your team never finishes 3-13, you never have a chance to get one of the best quarterbacks in the college game. Until Tagovailoa’s hip popped out of the socket last November, forcing immediate and urgent surgery, he was 1/1A with the transcendent Joe Burrow to be the first pick in this draft. And you don’t want to pillage the lone first or lone second-round pick from next year’s draft. But do you do it for a great but pockmarked talent such as Tagovailoa five months after major hip surgery? I do know Belichick would have confidence in his player-procurement skills.”
The Patriots somehow getting Tua Tagovailoa in the NFL Draft would be one of the biggest moves seen in recent memory. The team currently has Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer at the quarterback position.