The Patriots-picking-Lamar-Jackson rumors Thursday night in the first-round of the draft are bound to heat up in the next 24 hours after a report by Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated's MMQB that the Louisville quarterback had a second workout for the Pats - this one a private session in South Florida for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Jackson, the Heisman Trophy winner in 2016, previously made a visit to Foxboro, where he even got a laugh out of Bill Belichick.
A few notes from Dallas:— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) April 25, 2018
+Lamar Jackson visited w/Patriots 2x: private workout in S.Fla w/McDaniels plus visit to Foxborough
+He marveled at seeing Belichick laugh
+Rosen has been told he looks like a cross btwn Eli & A. Rodgers (yes)
+All players happy to be drafted anywhere
The Patriots, with picks No. 23 and 31 in the first round, would likely have to trade up to get Jackson, whose mobility is one of his key assets. Our Phil Perry has him going 15th to the Arizona Cardinals in his latest mock draft.
Speaking at the site of the draft in Dallas on Wednesday, Jackson, via NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman, sounded excited at the prospect of New England trading up to get him and he's sticking by his mother as his manager.
Jackson on prospect of Pats trading up for him: “I’d love that. I’d love for any team to trade up.” Says he could teach Tom Brady how to move better. The 🐐 could teach him all the fundamentals.— Jeremy Bergman 🆗 (@JABergman) April 25, 2018
Jackson already has kind of an endorsement from Brady via Instagram earlier this month. And click here for our Mike Giardi on Jackson from our "Next Heir Up" series on possible Pats future QBs.