Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Patriots considered trading up for Baker Mayfield

Patriots considered trading up for Baker Mayfield

The Pats would have had to trade with the New York Giants, who held the No. 2 pick.

Even if the Patriots coveted Mayfield that much, their chances at him went out the window when the Browns surprised most and selected him No. 1 overall.

The Giants, who held the No. 2 overall pick, ended up keeping their selection, picking running back Saquon Barkley of Penn State.

As we all know, the Cleveland Browns selected the Oklahoma quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

But if Mills' story is true, thinking of the possibility of Mayfield learning under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is a fun one.

The Cleveland Browns surprised everyone by made a decision to settle on Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick. Meanwhile, Mills said he never felt like the other NY team would take his client.

The reality is that for the Patriots to move up that high, they would likely would've been forced to surrender their two first-round picks from this draft at minimum.

Appearing on Andrew Brandt's podcast Tuesday, Mills claims that it was the Patriots that were lurking in the shadows, and with their sights set on trading up to the No. 2 overall pick had the Browns opted to go in a different direction.

"But they only had the 31st pick and Baker Mayfield's agent Jack Mills said, "Look that's not a realistic possibility, we're not going to do it". The New York Jets had already traded plenty to move up three spots to get in place for the next quarterback in line, so where would the Patriots have moved and would Mayfield have even been available. According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, at least half a dozen teams favored Mayfield in what was one of the richest quarterback drafts in recent years.

The Patriots ended up selecting a quarterback in the seventh round, LSU's Danny Etling. He might not have emerged as the favorite in the eyes of the betting community until the morning of the draft, but as we've learned in the aftermath, the National Football League community always loved him as a prospect.

So, while the Patriots may still be looking for Brady's heir, they can take comfort in the fact that they didn't have to jeopardize their future drafts by making a run at Mayfield.

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