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Baker Mayfield was 'convinced' Patriots would trade to draft him at No. 2

Baker Mayfield was 'convinced' Patriots would trade to draft him at No. 2

After his client went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield's agent made an eye-opening suggestion.

The New England Patriots, Jack Mills claimed, were intent on trading up to the No. 2 pick to draft Mayfield if the Browns passed on the quarterback at No. 1.

Cleveland obviously prevented that scenario from happening, but apparently Mayfield himself was prepared to join Tom Brady on the Patriots.

In a column published Wednesday, ESPN's Mina Kimes included this note:

Until the day of the draft, Mayfield wasn't sure the Browns would take him with the first overall pick. (For a while, he was convinced New England would trade up for him at No. 2.)

Mayfield-to-the-Patriots would have been a fascinating development, as the Heisman Trophy winner would have had to back up Brady while offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels groomed him as the heir apparent.

New England had significant interest in this plan -- NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported at the time that the Patriots viewed Mayfield as "the closest thing" to Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2018 draft -- but it sounds like Mayfield would have been less on board. According to Kimes, the 24-year-old was excited by the opportunity to reverse the fortunes of a long-struggling franchise in Cleveland.

"I wanted to come here and play and be the one to change it right away," Mayfield told Kimes.

It appears the situation worked out for both parties: Mayfield has the chance to do just that on an up-and-coming Browns squad, while the 41-year-old Brady showed no signs of needing any help when he piloted the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title last season.

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Breakfast Pod: The Patriots defense has been awfully impressive

Breakfast Pod: The Patriots defense has been awfully impressive

Some takeaways from the Patriots' first three preseason games: a dominant defense, an up-and-coming rookie backup QB and Tom Brady's reluctance to go to young receivers.

1:11 - Tom Curran joins BST to discuss the success of the Patriots defense over these first three preseason games. The crew also gets into if we're starting to see some pieces being put into place for the next phase of the dynasty - specifically if Jarrett Stidham will in fact be the Tom Brady's successor.

8:31 - Andy Hart and Curran discuss the chemistry issues Brady and Jakobi Meyers seemed to be having Thursday night and if this is going to be a continuing problem for TB12 with young receivers.

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DEBUT OF THAT 617 LIFE POD: The Pats, Patrick Chung, and the Jay-Z/NFL partnership

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DEBUT OF THAT 617 LIFE POD: The Pats, Patrick Chung, and the Jay-Z/NFL partnership

In the premiere episode of "That 617 Life" podcast with Shanda Foster, Cerrone Battle, and Leroy Irvin, man do we have a lot to get through!

Off the top, we discuss the Patriots third preseason game against Carolina, including how Tom Brady looked, Jakobi Meyers with an uneven game, plus what to expect from Josh Gordon this season.

15:31: Shanda sounds off on the tattooed Larry Bird mural, Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers, and James Harden's magical beard powers.

21:51: Patrick Chung got in some hot water over a possible cocaine charge...lots to unpack of what happened at his New Hampshire house.

28:25: Cerrone's "Cold Cuts and Hot Takes" calls out Carmelo Anthony for not taking the hint and going away.

32:34: Jay-Z and the NFL announced a partnership this week, and there's been a lot of chatter on social media relating to Colin Kaepernick. A great discussion from the crew on this topic.

46:11: We finish out the show with "Playa's Call", including an unlikely choice from Shanda.

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