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Latest odds for Patriots to draft Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love or Justin Herbert

Latest odds for Patriots to draft Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love or Justin Herbert

Is Jarrett Stidham the quarterback of the future for the Patriots? Or could New England pounce on one of the top quarterbacks available in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The first question might take some time to determine, but the second will be answered in just a few hours.

While Joe Burrow is the odds-on favorite to go off the board to Cincinnati shortly after the Bengals go on the clock Thursday night, several other quarterbacks are likely first-round picks.

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Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon's Justin Herbert and Utah State's Jordan Love could all be drafted Thursday night — and with the Patriots clearly in need of more quarterback depth, it's no surprise that they're among the handful of favorites to land every one of those players.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Patriots' divisional rivals — the Dolphins — are the likely destination for Tagovailoa, with New England tied for the fourth-best odds:

1. Miami Dolphins -121
2. Los Angeles Chargers +200
3. Jacksonville Jaguars +1200
T-4. New England Patriots +1400
T-4. Detroit Lions +1400
T-4. Las Vegas Raiders +1400

The Dolphins aren't just the odds-on favorite to draft Tagovailoa; DraftKings also has Brian Flores' club as the favorite to land Herbert.

1. Miami Dolphins +125
2. Los Angeles Chargers +175
3. Jacksonville Jaguars +1100
4. New England Patriots +1200

Even though DraftKings sees the Patriots among the top five most likely destinations for Tagovailoa and Herbert, New England's odds makes the Pats a longshot. But when it comes to Love, Foxboro is a much more likely landing spot according to the odds.

1. Indianapolis Colts +300
2. New Orleans Saints +400
3. New England Patriots +600
T-4. Miami Dolphins +800
T-4. Green Bay Packers +800

So is the smart money right? Or will any addition to the Patriots QB depth chart have to wait until later in the draft — and a different quarterback altogether? Time will tell.

2020 NFL Draft prop bets: Patriots fans should monitor these odds

2020 NFL Draft prop bets: Patriots fans should monitor these odds

An actual sports event is happening later this week, and oddsmakers aren't letting it go to waste.

DraftKings Sportsbook on Tuesday unveiled a lengthy list of prop bets for the 2020 NFL Draft, which kicks off (virtually) Thursday night.

DraftKings' prop bets cover everything from which wide receiver will go first off the board to which Power 5 conference will have the most players selected to draft positions for individual players.

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Here's the full list:

Some of these prop bets don't really concern New England Patriots fans, who (unless they're avid gamblers) don't care how many Big 10 players are drafted in the first round.

But even if you support the Patriots and aren't the gambling type, you should have a rooting interest in several prop bets, which may determine how big of a splash New England makes in the draft.

Want examples? We've got examples.

Player Drafted First: Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert (QB)

Recent reports suggest the Patriots may trade up from No. 23 overall to draft a top-tier quarterback, and they've been tied to both Tagovailoa and Herbert in draft rumors.

Some project Tagovailoa as a top-six pick, though, so if you want the Patriots to land the Alabama QB, you'll root for Herbert to be drafted first so Tagovailoa can slide down. If you're a Herbert fan, vice versa.

Player Drafted First: Xavier McKinney or Grant Delpit (S)

The consensus top two safeties in the 2020 draft class, McKinney and Delpit are projected late-first-round/early-second-round picks, meaning both could be in play for New England at No. 23.

It's unlikely both players go in the first round, though, so if the Patriots draft a safety at No. 23, it will likely be the winner of this prop bet.

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Total QBs Drafted in the First Round (Over/Under 4.5)

If the Patriots don't trade up for a QB, they still may have a shot at drafting a signal-caller like Jordan Love or Jake Fromm at No. 23 after Joe Burrow, Tagovailoa and Herbert go off the board.

They also could wait until the later rounds to draft a more under-the-radar arm like James Madison's Ben DiNucci. If it's the latter, you're pulling for the under so more quality QBs are available for New England later on.

Draft Positions for Tagovailoa (Over/Under 5.5), Herbert (5.5) and Love (19.5)

Trading up to a top-five pick would cost the Patriots a good deal, so you're rooting for Tagovailoa and Herbert to fall outside the top five.

The over/under on Love is set enticingly close to No. 23 New England, which reportedly has done "serious homework" on the Utah State product is hoping the over hits here.

Prototypical Patriots: Tom Brady's departure means Patriots need a QB

Prototypical Patriots: Tom Brady's departure means Patriots need a QB

Now that Tom Brady is gone, what are the Patriots going to want at the quarterback position? Stylistically, are they going to be looking for the next Brady? Someone who works from the pocket to beat defenses with his brain and his accuracy? Or will they go a different route, taking advantage of the athleticism available at that position every year?

Bill Belichick told us recently that, yes, the Patriots would be open to changing their offense in order to tailor it to the skills of the next quarterback. And he said there's good "depth" at the position in this year's draft. But until we see the quarterbacking skill set change drastically in Foxboro, we'll describe the Patriots "prototype" by describing what they've seemingly valued at the position in previous drafts under Belichick.

The Patriots have typically selected quarterbacks who played in Power 5 conferences and stood 6-foot-2 or taller. Their hands usually measure more than 9 inches. (Though 2008 third-rounder Kevin O'Connell didn't hit that mark.) They've exclusively drafted quarterbacks who've spent at least four years in college — even if they don't have four years of playing experience. Their career touchdown-to-interception ratio averaged out to be better than 2-to-1. Their yards per attempt was often 7.5 or better. And they normally completed more than 60 percent of their passes.