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.