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Is Dwayne Haskins this draft's Tom Brady? Trent Dilfer makes bold comparison

Is Dwayne Haskins this draft's Tom Brady? Trent Dilfer makes bold comparison

It's a tradition synonymous with the NFL Draft: Every year, teams clamor to find their next franchise quarterback.

So, who is this year's savior? There are several worthy contenders: Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is projected to go No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, while Missouri's Drew Lock and Duke's Daniel Jones have first-round potential, as well.

But Trent Dilfer apparently believes in Dwayne Haskins, and he compared the Ohio State QB to a certain New England Patriots legend to prove his point.

Here's what the quarterback-turned-NFL analyst told The MMQB's Albert Breer:

I thought Dwayne should’ve waited (to declare for the NFL Draft), but he’s the most like Tom Brady of anyone we’ve had. He sees it like Tom, he works at it, he plays that way. He plays on time, with his intellectual process. I don’t want to compare anyone to Brady, but he’s Tom Brady-ish.

That's a pretty high bar, Trent.

If we're comparing Haskins to Brady the Michigan senior, the Buckeyes QB has the upper hand: Haskins completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns last season to earn Big Ten Player of the Year honors, while Brady connected on just 61 percent of his passes for 2,217 yards and 16 TDs as a senior.

Of course, Brady's incredible football IQ and work ethic helped him blossom from the 199th overall pick to the greatest QB of all time, and no one is expecting Haskins to be the next TB12. But in fairness to Dilfer, there are some physical similarities between the two -- Haskins stands at 6-foot-3, 231 pounds and ran a 5.01-second 40-yard dash, while Brady was listed at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds and ran a glacial 5.30-second 40 -- and apparent parallels in how they saw the game at the college level.

We should mention the Patriots are in the market for Brady's heir apparent in this year's draft, and while Haskins originally was projected as a mid-first round pick, there's an outside chance he could be available when New England is on the clock at No. 32 overall.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady making preseason debut Week 3 vs. Panthers

Patriots QB Tom Brady making preseason debut Week 3 vs. Panthers

Two of the NFL's best quarterbacks will start in Thursday night's Week 3 preseason game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is making his preseason debut. He sat out the first two games as backup Brian Hoyer and rookie Jarrett Stidham split all of the QB reps.

This will be Brady's first game action since he led the Patriots to a Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams in February.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton also will start. Carolina actually is the last team to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the regular season. The Panthers came to Foxboro in Week 4 of the 2017 season and beat the Pats 33-30.

The third preseason game typically is the one where the starters play for an extended period of time. It's a good opportunity to see how they've progressed as a unit over training camp and the first two weeks of the preseason. It's essentially a dress rehearsal for the regular season and a huge chance for players on the roster bubble to earn a job entering Week 1. Starters usually don't receive much playing time in the final preseason matchup.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick expects to see Ryan Allen punting in NFL again

Patriots coach Bill Belichick expects to see Ryan Allen punting in NFL again

Ryan Allen is no longer the punter for the New England Patriots, but head coach Bill Belichick is never going to forget the contributions the 29-year-old veteran made to the franchise's last three Super Bowl championships.

Allen officially was released by the Patriots on Tuesday after spending his first six NFL seasons in New England. The left-footed punter played in four Super Bowls with the Patriots, and he was among their best players in the 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII back in February.

Belichick had plenty of praise for Allen in his interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub before Thursday night's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots rookie Jake Bailey will take over for Allen as the starting punter. Belichick liked Bailey's abilities enough to use a fifth-round pick (163rd overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft on him. The Stanford product also is the first right-footed starting punter in Belichick's 20-year tenure as Patriots head coach. 

Teams around the league would be wise to consider signing Allen. His playoff experience alone makes him valuable. He's punted 13 times in four Super Bowl appearances, along with a Super Bowl record 64-yard boot against the Seattle Seahawks.

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