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Report: Patriots Considered Moving Up to Number Two in the Draft to Take Baker Mayfield

The big news of the day is that the Patriots were one of the teams in the mix for the player that ended up being the first overall pick of Thursday’s NFL Draft – that being quarterback Baker Mayfield.

USA Today and other outlets report that the Pats were interested in moving up to the number two spot to make a deal for Mayfield, but the Browns quickly scooped him up with the first pick.

Here’s the story from USA Today.

Some of the best NFL trade stories are about ones never made.

This year’s NFL draft could have seen a blockbuster deal with the New England Patriots moving up to draft Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield in the No. 2 spot — if he hadn’t gone first overall to the Cleveland Browns.

Mayfield’s agent, Jack Mills, said on “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt” podcast he knew going into the draft his client was going to be one of the top three picks.

However, the Patriots were a wild card in the process.

“Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said.

“They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was a reality or not.”


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