No. 5: 49ers Move Down so Patriots Get Their Quarterback
My, how the NFL landscape changed once future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady elected to leave the New England Patriots for “greener pastures” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Whatever transpired, the situation for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is precarious. Sure, he has second-year pro Jarrett Stidham to evaluate under center. But an easy hunch suggests Stidham has a long shot to be a long-term answer in New England.
There’s going to be a run on quarterbacks early in the draft, starting off with the Cincinnati Bengals all but guaranteed to grab LSU’s Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall.
After No. 13 overall, some dark-horse quarterback-wanting teams come into play: the Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders (if they don’t go QB with their No. 12 overall selection) and other teams who may be willing to leapfrog over New England’s top pick.
Belichick is armed with a plethora of draft picks — 11 in total. Sending over two third rounders in this year’s draft, plus a pick swap in 2021 to balance it out, could give the Patriots a much better chance and allow the 49ers multiple options in Round 3 while not giving up a ton of distance in Round 1.
What if there’s another deal in the cards with New England?