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Did the Patriots want to trade up for Baker Mayfield?

Did the Patriots want to trade up for Baker Mayfield?

The agent for Baker Mayfield says if the quarterback hadn't been chosen No. 1 by the Browns, the Patriots were interested in trading up to No. 2 to draft him.

Speaking on a podcast with Andrew Brandt, the former NFL executive who writes for Sports Illustrated's MMQB and The Athletic, Mayfield's agent Jack Mills said the Patriots would have selected Mayfield had they pulled off the trade with the Giants for the No. 2 pick. The Patriots discussion is 28 minutes into the podcast. 

According to NBCSportsBoston's Mike Giardi, Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was enamored with Mayfield, the closest thing to Jimmy Garoppolo in this draft, according to a team source.

The Patriots did meet with Mayfield a week before the draft, but, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer, they had sought a meeting earlier in the draft before New England had acquired the No. 23 pick. 

It's unclear what the Giants, who chose Penn State running back Saquan Barkley at No. 2, would have demanded from the Patriots (more than two firsts and two seconds?), but the trade would have shaken up the draft board, the NFL and more than likely, New England's incumbent QB who Monday said "I take the fifth" when asked if he was appreciated by his coach and team. 

The Patriots did draft a quarterback 217 picks after No. 2 when they selected LSU's Danny Etling in the seventh round.

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

Tom Brady has an idea for Rob Gronkowski's replacement at tight end, and it doesn't involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Patriots quarterback had a light bulb go off above his head while watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Why not have 6-foot-9, 256-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara give tight end a shot?

All jokes aside, Brady has been one of Chara's biggest fans during the Bruins' first-round series. He also left a motivational comment on Chara's Instagram post prior to Tuesday night's Game 7 matchup.

As for what the Patriots are really doing to fill Gronk's void at tight end, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency during the offseason. It remains to be seen whether they'll address the tight end position during the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

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Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

At last, the draft has arrived - almost. Phil Perry talks to former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi as the annual selection of talent looms.

3:42 - Phil Perry is joined by former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, football analyst and writer for the Athletic Mike Lombardi. The two begin by discussing the validity of certain reports on players in the upcoming draft.

7:44 - Are the Patriots in a position where they need to pick a quarterback this year? Lombardi explains how difficult it is to judge talent because of the difference in the level of competition in college football.

12:26 - Lombardi talks about how this year's draft could be weak compared to previous years' and how the Patriots should approach their selections because of that.

18:36 - Phil goes through his final mock draft, with the picks being decided by the fans via Twitter polls.


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