NFL Rumors: Three QBs that could intrigue Patriots on Day 2 of NFL Draft

NFL Rumors: Three QBs that could intrigue Patriots on Day 2 of NFL Draft

The New England Patriots passed on taking a quarterback in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, they passed on making a pick at all.

Instead, they traded the No. 23 overall selection the Los Angeles Chargers for picks 37 and 71, giving them five picks between Rounds 2 and 3. That sets them up for what could be an eventful Day 2.

Perhaps this will be when New England drafts a QB to compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the starting gig in 2020. There are several interesting prospects still on the board, including three that were discussed Friday by ESPN's Dan Orlovsky, Jim Nagy, and Mike Tannenbaum.

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Orlovsky picked Georgia's Jake Fromm as the QB the Patriots should take on Day 2.

"Jake Fromm would be somebody that I think really fits New England. If you think about the things that -- the intangibles, right? That are totally in line with what New England wants.

"But also, he fits their style of offense. He's really good throwing the ball in-between the numbers, he's great in the pocket, he's got great command, he's a ball distributor, he's kind of your dink-and-dunk style of quarterback."

Nagy, a former Patriots scout, argued that if New England does indeed draft a QB, it should be Oklahoma's dual-threat Jalen Hurts.

"He kind of came into this draft as a fourth-round pick," said Nagy. "The more the NFL has spent time around this guy, the more they've bought into him.

"So just from knowing what New England values at that position, a guy that might not have the same arm talent and physical tools that Jarrett Stidham has, you're going to have to have some of these other things to compensate, and the two guys that have them are Jake Fromm and Jalen Hurts."

QB No. 3 on the list? That would be Jacob Eason. Tannenbaum is especially high on the Washington product.

"He's sort of the prototypical in-the-pocket quarterback. He has to clean up his footwork, his accuracy. I think maybe at the bottom of the second or third round. I like his upside," Tannenbaum said.

"And even though Fromm has incredible intangibles, I just think at the end of the day, [for] Fromm, the field's going to be condensed so he can't get the ball outside the numbers, and that's why I would separate Eason over Fromm, because at least Eason can get the ball down the field outside the numbers."

Regardless of which QB the Patriots choose -- if any -- ESPN's panelists made it clear it won't be easy for them to beat out Jarrett Stidham for the starting job. Passing on Utah State's Jordan Love in Round 1 further emphasized their faith in the 2019 fourth-round pick.

Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft is set to kick off at 7 p.m. ET. New England's first pick of the night will be No. 37... unless, of course, they trade down again.

NFL opt-outs: Complete list of players who won't play in 2020 season

NFL opt-outs: Complete list of players who won't play in 2020 season

NFL training camps officially began Tuesday, but there were some notable absences.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season last Friday, citing health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, multiple players have followed suit, continuing a trend across all major North American professional sports of players declining to participate in their seasons as COVID-19 persists in the United States.

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The Patriots especially have felt the impact of this trend: Six New England players -- including star linebacker Dont'a Hightower -- already have opted out, the most of any NFL team.

Below is a running list of the players who have opted out of the 2020 NFL season, according to reports or team/player confirmations. The list is sorted alphabetically after the Patriots, with the date of the players' opt-outs in parentheses.

New England Patriots

RB Brandon Bolden (July 28)
OT Marcus Cannon (July 28)
S Patrick Chung (July 28)
LB Dont'a Hightower (July 28)
WR Marqise Lee (August 1)
OG Najee Toran (July 27)
FB Danny Vitale (July 27)
TE Matt LaCosse (August 2)

Arizona Cardinals

OT Marcus Gilbert (August 4)

Baltimore Ravens

OT Andre Smith (July 28)
WR/KR De'Anthony Thomas (July 27)

Buffalo Bills

CB E.J. Gaines (August 2)
DT Star Lotulelei (July 28)

Carolina Panthers

LB Jordan Mack (July 28)
LB Christian Miller (August 3)

Chicago Bears

DT Eddie Goldman (July 28)
S Jordan Lucas (August 3)

Cincinnati Bengals

OT Isaiah Prince (July 31)
DT Josh Tupou (July 31)

Cleveland Browns

DT Andrew Billings (August 4)
OL Drake Dorbeck (July 29)
OL Drew Forbes (July 29)

Dallas Cowboys

CB Maurice Canady (July 27)
WR Stephen Guidry (July 28)
FB Jamize Olawale (Aug. 2)

Denver Broncos

OT JaWuan James (Aug. 3)
DT Kyle Peko (July 28)

Detroit Lions

DT John Atkins (July 29)
WR Geronimo Allison (Aug. 2)

Green Bay Packers

WR Devin Funchess (July 28)

Houston Texans

DT Eddie Vanderdoes (July 28)

Jacksonville Jaguars

EDGE Larentee McCray (August 1)
DL Al Woods (July 31)

Kansas City Chiefs

OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (July 24)
RB Damien Williams (July 29)

Las Vegas Raiders

LB Ukeme Eligwe (August 4)
CB D.J. Killings (August 3)
DE Jeremiah Valoaga (August 3)

Los Angeles Rams

OT Chandler Brewer (July 31)

Miami Dolphins

WR Allen Hurns (August 4)

Minnesota Vikings

NT Michael Pierce (July 28)

New Orleans Saints

TE Jason Vander Laan (July 28)
TE Cole Wick (July 28)

New York Giants

WR Da'Mari Scott (August 2)
LT Nate Solder (July 29)

New York Jets

OL Leo Koloamatangi (July 28)
LB CJ Mosley (August 1)

Philadelphia Eagles

WR Marquise Goodwin (July 28)

Seattle Seahawks

OG Chance Warmack (July 27)

Tennessee Titans

OL Anthony McKinney (July 28)

Washington Football Team

DT Caleb Brantley (July 27)
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (August 3)

Free Agents

G Larry Warford (July 28)

Patriots confirm coaching changes, front office promotions for 2020 season

Patriots confirm coaching changes, front office promotions for 2020 season

The puzzle pieces of the New England Patriots' coaching staff and front office have fallen into place.

The Patriots saw turnover in both departments this offseason, as longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia retired while director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort joined the Houston Texans as their director of player personnel.

The club also welcomed some new faces, including former Los Angeles Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch (the team's new quarterbacks coach) and ex-Cleveland Browns executive Eliot Wolf.

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So, how have the coaching staff and front office changed since last season? The Patriots have unveiled their 2020 media guide, which confirmed the new roles of several staffers.

Here's a rundown of the notable changes:

- Troy Brown officially is on staff as a running backs and kick returners coach. The former Patriots wide receiver will work with head running backs coach Ivan Fears and special teams assistant Joe Houston.

- Director of pro scouting Dave Ziegler has been promoted to assistant director of player personnel, reporting to director of player personnel Nick Caserio. He'll essentially fill Ossenfort's former role.

- Tyler Hughes, who reportedly joined the team in June, is listed as an "offensive assistant." Hughes most recently was the head coach at Bountiful (Utah) High School.

- Vinnie Sunseri joins the Patriots as a defensive assistant after spending the 2019 season as a graduate assistant for Nick Saban at Alabama. Sunseri had a brief stint in New England as a player during 2016 training camp.

- Wolf's official title is "scouting consultant." He served as Cleveland's assistant general manager in 2018 and 2019 after 14 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

The Patriots go through personnel changes every year, but 2020 presents a unique challenge: Not only has COVID-19 prevented staff members from meeting in-person, but the club has lost a lengthy list of core veterans to free agency (Tom Brady, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, etc.) and opt-outs (Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Marcus Cannon, etc.) this offseason.

Head coach Bill Belichick isn't one to make excuses, though, so expect his staff to be hard at work this week as the Patriots begin on-field training camp work at Gillette Stadium.

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