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NFL Draft odds: Patriots among betting favorites to take QB Jalen Hurts

NFL Draft odds: Patriots among betting favorites to take QB Jalen Hurts

Could the New England Patriots take one of the best available quarterbacks on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft? 

The Patriots opted to trade out of the first round Thursday night by swinging a deal with the Los Angeles Chargers to acquire picks No. 37 (second round) and No. 71 (third round) in exchange for the 23rd overall selection. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick now has five picks Friday night, including four in the third round.

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Quarterback is one position the Patriots would be wise to bolster in this draft. In fact, New England has drafted a quarterback in four of the past six years. The top-rated quarterback on the board entering Round 2 is Oklahoma star Jalen Hurts, who also had a great career at Alabama before transferring to the Sooners for his senior campaign.

The Patriots are actually among the betting favorites to land Hurts. Here are the latest odds on which team will draft the Oklahoma QB, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Indianapolis Colts: +300
New England Patriots: +500
Pittsburgh Steelers: +500
Jacksonville Jaguars: +700
Carolina Panthers: +1100
All other teams are +1400 or worse

The Colts signed veteran QB Philip Rivers in free agency, but they don't have a young quarterback to build around long-term. Hurts would be a good fit with the Colts, who own the second overall pick in Round 2. However, reports Friday evening indicate that Indianapolis is looking to trade down from that spot.

The Patriots drafted Jarrett Stidham out of Auburn in the fourth round last year. He showed signs of his impressive talent and potential throughout training camp, the preseason and the regular season, but he's still very much an unknown at this stage.

Adding a third quarterback to compete for the starting job with Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer isn't a bad plan for the Patriots, and Hurts is among the best options entering Friday's second and third rounds.

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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.

2020 NFL Draft rumors live: Latest news, reports, trade buzz on Day 2

2020 NFL Draft rumors live: Latest news, reports, trade buzz on Day 2

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books -- which means it's time for the New England Patriots to get to work.

The Patriots traded down Thursday night (shocker), shipping the No. 23 pick to the Los Angeles Chargers for their No. 37 and 71 selections.

The move gives New England a whopping 13 picks over the remaining six rounds including five picks slated for the second and third rounds, which take place Friday beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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Which players are on the Patriots' radar for those five selections (Jalen Hurts, anyone?), or do Bill Belichick and Co. have more trades in store?

As we did for Day 1, we're tracking all of the latest NFL Draft news and rumors right here to keep you in the know entering Day 2. (All times Eastern.)

6:40 p.m.: And now, there are several teams looking to move up. Among them are the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears, per Ian Rapoport.

5:50 p.m.: The Bengals didn't want to trade the No. 1 overall pick last night, but they may trade the No. 1 overall pick in the second round. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Bengals and the Colts (picks 33 and 34) are engaged in trade talks to move down. So, it's anyone's guess what could happen atop the draft's second round.

5:30 p.m.: According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Patriots are a

5:30 p.m.: According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Patriots are among the teams that are considering trading down in the second round. Color us unsurprised.

4:45 p.m.: ESPN's Adam Schefter says that a personnel executive called the second round of this year' draft one of the "deepest in 25 years". That should put the Patriots in position to be one of the draft's influencers on Day 2.

3:00 p.m.: The Houston Texans have locked up their left tackle Laremy Tunsil long-term with the richest deal for a tackle in NFL history. That makes tackle less of a need for them in the draft given that they have Tunsil and last year's first-round pick Tytus Howard on the roster.

2:53 p.m.: Patriots fans missed out on first-round action, but history suggests they'll be very busy tonight.

2:05 p.m.: Denzel Mims or Ross Blacklock could be targets for the Cincinnati Bengals with the first pick of the second round, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

1:55 p.m.: Could the Patriots trade up for another second-round pick after trading out of the first round?

Our Phil Perry pitched a scenario in which New England lands the No. 50 overall pick from the Bears ...

... And NBC Sports Chicago Bears Insider JJ Stankevicz believes Chicago would take the Patriots up on that deal.

11:55 a.m.: The Carolina Panthers, who pick right behind the Patriots at No. 38, are open to dealing wide receiver Curtis Samuel, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

11:50 a.m.: We could see a Day 2 trade right off the bat, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. The Patriots pick four spots behind the Bengals at No. 37.

11:45 a.m.: Our Phil Perry makes an astute observation: The Patriots have the means to acquire another second-round pick if they so choose.

11:40 a.m.: Former Ravens scout and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes running back and wide receiver could be hot positions today. New England could use the latter.

11:35 a.m.: NFL Media's Ian Rapoport shares a few leftover draft notes, including that the Green Bay Packers may have been pressured by the Indianapolis Colts to jump up to No. 26 and draft quarterback Jordan Love.

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