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NFL rumors: Patriots among teams expected to meet with Will Grier before draft

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NFL rumors: Patriots among teams expected to meet with Will Grier before draft

The New England Patriots still don't have a real successor to Tom Brady on their roster, but could they find that quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Patriots are expected to be among several teams to meet with West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.

West Virginia held its pro day Thursday, and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was in attendance.

Grier is one of the top QB prospects in the 2019 draft class. 

He set career highs as a junior last season with 3,864 yards and 34 touchdown passes. He also completed 67 percent of his passes and threw just eight interceptions. 

Grier is not expected to be a first-round pick, however. If that ends up being the case, the Patriots could have a decent chance to snag him -- they own two second-round picks (56th and 64th overall) and three third-rounders (73rd, 97th, 101st overall).

The West Virginia star is very confident in his abilities, and he even told NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry on a "Next Pats Podcast" that he's the best quarterback in this class. Click here to listen to his explanation.

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NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

The New England Patriots currently are slated to close out the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 32, and after passing on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in a similar spot in last year's draft, could they use this season's first-rounder to select Tom Brady's eventual successor?

Grier is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be selected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round to the early portion of the second round. What level of interest do the Patriots have in Grier with Thursday night's first round fast approaching? Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported an update Monday:

The New England Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could draft him as the first round closes out. The New York Giants also like Grier, and he could be their fallback plan if they don’t take a signal caller in Round 1. The Carolina Panthers also have an infatuation with Grier and will consider him in the second round.

Would the Patriots really take Grier in Round 1, or is this a smokescreen designed to trip up opposing front offices?

The Patriots do need a quarterback of the future. Contrary to what we've seen from Tom Brady in recent seasons, the 41-year-old quarterback will, at some point, start to break down and eventually retire. There aren't any great candidates already on the roster to play the role of Brady's successor, so drafting a QB this weekend makes a lot of sense for New England.

Grier played really well for the Mountaineers last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He reportedly visited with the Patriots earlier this month, as did Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be available on Day 2 of the draft as well.

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2019 Patriots mock draft roundup: Final first-round pick predictions for No. 32

2019 Patriots mock draft roundup: Final first-round pick predictions for No. 32

The New England Patriots will be a team to keep a close eye on during the entire 2019 NFL Draft.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a robust treasure chest of picks, 12 to be exact, including six over the first three rounds. He has the draft capital to trade up for an impact player in Round 1, or trade down and continue stockpiling selections.

The Patriots had two first-round picks in 2018 and struck gold at No. 31 with Georgia running back Sony Michel. Michel played well in the regular season before improving his performance in the playoffs with six rushing touchdowns in three games, including New England's only touchdown in Super Bowl LIII.

Which players do the experts expect the Patriots to target in the first round Thursday night in Nashville?

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