June 19, 2024

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For the Patriots, this year’s NFL Draft is crucial, and many supporters will agree with Daniel Jeremiah’s selection of New England at No. 3 overall.

In an interview with Steve Burton of WBZ-TV on Wednesday, Jerod Mayo made some insinuations about the team’s potential. But in one-on-one interviews that followed his inaugural press conference, the new Patriots head coach was a little less specific about the team’s selection approach.

The NFL Media analyst is connected to NFL front offices and uses information he receives to help inform his mock drafts, which is why fans cling to Jeremiah’s mock drafts the most. Other draft analysts have already begun projecting where New England might select with the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. While this doesn’t imply they’re always right, it does offer supporters an idea of where their preferred team might end up.

Jeremiah made his first 2024 mock draft public on Friday, predicting quarterbacks to go in the first three spots. He had Jayden Daniels of LSU with the Patriots at No. 3.

The Patriots must prioritize improving the quarterback position even though Marvin Harrison Jr. would be enticing in this situation, according to Jeremiah. “Daniels is a dual-threat weapon who just had an incredible year.”

The LSU Tigers quarterback’s “monster year” had won him the Heisman Trophy. Daniels threw for 3,812 yards with 40 touchdowns and four interceptions, ranking first in the nation with a 95.6 QBR. Together with that, he rushed for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns.

With so many offensive needs, dealing with a quarterback at number three seems like a reasonable choice for New England. It can also look into trade markets, but given Mac Jones’ terrible season and the Patriots’ lackluster late-season performance under Bailey Zappe, a solution needs to be found.

Along with selecting their offensive coordinator, the Patriots must also consider Bill O’Brien’s reported departure to assume a similar role with the Ohio State Buckeyes. According to reports, Mayo has interviewed and will continue to interview applicants for the roles of special teams coordinator and defensive coordinator.

 

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