Patriots ‘heavily scouting’ top quarterbacks in 2021 NFL Draft

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One season without a franchise quarterback may have been enough for Bill Belichick.

According to a report from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots are “heavily scouting” the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“The Patriots have been heavily scouting the top five quarterbacks in the class,” Howe wrote. “Including some who would almost certainly require a trade up the board, according to several sources. That group includes Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Alabama’s Mac Jones.”

The Patriots have the No. 15 pick in the draft and it’s unlikely the top four quarterbacks would be available in the middle of the first round. Jones, who just led the Crimson Tide to a national title and had an impressive Senior Bowl week, has been getting a lot of buzz lately. He could also require the Patriots to trade up to select him in the first round.

In their first season in two decades without Tom Brady, the Patriots went 7-9 and were plagued by Cam Newton’s inconsistency. Belichick and the rest of the Patriots brass did not prioritize quarterback after Brady left for the Buccaneers last offseason.

The Patriots are scouting all the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Zach Wilson and Mac Jones.
The Patriots are scouting all the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Zach Wilson and Mac Jones.
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The Patriots signed Newton to a one-year, incentive-laden deal at the end of June. Jarrett Stidham, whom the Patriots drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, did not impress in his brief opportunities and does not appear to be their quarterback of the future.

Although Belichick and Newton have spoken glowingly of each other, it seems unlikely he will be back in a starting role for New England.

Though Belichick is usually loathe to trade up in the draft, it is possible last season’s frustrations — and watching Brady lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl —  could shift the franchise’s priorities.

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