Via Peter King:

So Tagovailoa could drop, and Bill Belichick really doesn’t want to take a quarterback now, with one draft pick in the top 85 this year and needs all over his roster. And truly: I have no indication, no inside information, that says he’d do this. It’s simply a guess. But think if you’re Belichick. Because your team never finishes 3-13, you never have a chance to get one of the best quarterbacks in the college game. Until Tagovailoa’s hip popped out of the socket last November, forcing immediate and urgent surgery, he was 1/1A with the transcendent Joe Burrow to be the first pick in this draft. And you don’t want to pillage the lone first or lone second-round pick from next year’s draft. But do you do it for a great but pockmarked talent such as Tagovailoa five months after major hip surgery? I do know Belichick would have confidence in his player-procurement skills. … Tough call for a franchise, but when would the Patriots ever get a shot at a potential superstar quarterback? Even if they had to throw in next year’s first-rounder, I think this would be a risk worth taking for the Patriots.

Via”GM Shuffle” podcast: former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi said don’t hold your breath on that happening.


“I think when you look at the Patriots’ grading system, and you understand how a grading system operates because all teams have grading systems,” Lombardi said. “And if you understand how a grading system operates and how the medical grades affect the grades, I don’t think the Patriots can get Tua high enough on their board to even pick him at 13. Now, do I think they could pick a Jordan Love? Yeah, maybe they could. Do I think they could pick a Justin Herbert? Yeah, I think they could get him up there high enough.”

I don’t see the Pats making this move, but you know Belichick is going to do something to try and outsmart his competition.  

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