It sounds like Patriots have NFL Draft plan to find Tom Brady’s successor

It sounds like Patriots have NFL Draft plan to find Tom Brady’s successor

The Patriots landed the steal of their sport’s history, snagging Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Two decades later, New England doesn’t appear likely to sit back and wait for Brady’s successor to fall into their lap.

Though the Patriots — who hold the 23rd overall pick — currently sit well out of range of landing any of the four quarterbacks projected to be taken in the first round (Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love), NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport thinks Bill Belichick could trade up to land one of the elite prospects.

“The Patriots are going to take a quarterback, probably with a premium pick,” Rapoport said on The Rich Eisen Show. “I would just imagine it’s not at the pick they currently have.”

Multiple scenarios appear in play. Love would be the easiest to land by potentially trading up a handful of picks, but New England could also trade back for multiple picks — the Patriots don’t have a second round pick — and try to replicate their success in drafting Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round in 2014, perhaps via Washington’s Jacob Eason.

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