The New England Patriots lost Tom Brady this offseason when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That has left Belichick looking for a new quarterback. Could the Patriots move up in this year's NFL Draft get Justin Herbert?
By most accounts the New England Patriots are in the market for a new quarterback, now that Tom Brady has signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to rumors floating around, the Patriots have reportedly fallen in love with Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert. The only question is, is Bill Belichick willing to give up the draft capital it would cost to get Herbert in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Peter King of NBC is reporting that the Patriots have apparently not settled on anything, and they are still deciding what they are going to do in the first round of the Draft. Some people have even wondered if Belichick would trade out of the first round to acquire more picks.
If the Patriots were to actually decide that they wanted to draft JustinHerbert, they might be forced to trade into the top 5. That would cost the Patriots a boat load of picks to move from the 23rd overall to a top 5 pick. To make this happen one general manager believes that Belichick would have to give up his 2021 first round draft pick as well.
“They love Justin Herbert, but enough to trade up for him?” one rival GM said, according to Shane Mickle of Clutch Points.” Pats do have 12 picks—second-most in the draft—for ammo, but only one of those comes in the top 85. If they want Herbert, they’d likely have to be willing to part with the 2021 first-rounder in a trove of picks.”
The Patriots find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. Belichick hasn’t had to worry about who’s playing quarterback for New England ever since Tom Brady took over as the Patriots starting quarterback in 2001. With Brady gone, it’s expected that the Patriots will be selecting at least one quarterback in this year’s Draft. The only question is where?
Does Belichick sit at 23 and hope that QB like Utah's Jordan Love falls to him? Does Belichick trade up and try to land Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa? Does Belichick wait until the later rounds and try to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time, like he did with Brady? Or does Belichick just stay the course and go forward with Jarrett Stidham as the Patriots starting quarterback?
These are all questions that the Patriots will need to answer over the next ten day.
The 2020 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 23 - April 26. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the NFL will be hosting a virtual Draft with commissioner Roger Goodell announcing first round picks from his basement.