NFL Draft 2020

NFL Draft 2020:Patriots trade up, grab Love + Round 1 prospects

Do the Patriots need to trade up for Love?

New England Patriots are, for the first time in 20 years, at what we can define as unknown territory for them. For two decades, the Patriots became accustomed to greatness, to have stacked talent, or at least enough pieces to still fight until the very last breath.

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Now, they don't have that, the only remaining pieces are head coach Bill Belichick, and marquee wideout Julian Edelman. But here's the all-important question: who's going to throw dimes at Edelman's hands?

Well, that first question appears to be answered, the "chosen one" seems to be Utah State's alumni Jordan Love. Love threw for 3402 yards. Nonetheless, he threw 20 TD to 17 interceptions, and that might be some risk Belichick wouldn't be thrilled to take. But it is what it is.

Love is either a late first-rounder or an early second one, but with the needs, the Pats have right now at the QB position, they may try to secure their new starting quarterback.

New England sits on the 23rd pick, and here's the tricky part about drafting Jordan Love. After the sixth pick in the Draft, which belongs to the Chargers, no other team really needs a QB worth a first-round.

Carolina has signed Teddy Bridgewater and XFL's sensation PJ Walker, Arizona has Kyler Murray, Jacksonville has Gardner Minshew but could be tempted.

Cleveland and New York have both third-year quarterbacks looking to explode in Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, plus they have more significant needs. 

Las Vegas comes on 13th, and this one is a tough prediction. They have a solid QB1 in Derek Carr. However, they don't seem sold on him and could look for a new guy behind Center. But they have other needs more severe than drafting a high-pick quarterback right now. But with Jon Gruden, you never know.

Denver, Atlanta, and Dallas all have their quarterbacks. Drew Lock will continue his good form for Denver, while Matt Ryan and Dak Prescott are established in their respective teams.

Miami, Las Vegas, and Jacksonville have picks again, but Miami will sort out their QB needs in their first pick. Las Vegas, as we discussed, would not take the risk when you have a valuable talent in Carr, Jacksonville will surely look to strengthen their defense, so these don't concern the Pats at all. 

In the 20th and 21st picks, both Philadelphia and Minnesota have top-end quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins. Now, Philadelphia surely needs a good backup option for Wentz, due to his injury proneness, but wasting a first-rounder on what will be a backup is not wise.

So, do the Patriots need to trade up? They don't. They can, to secure their pick, but there is no reason as to why they should fear, apart maybe from Jacksonville, that someone may steal their pick. 

It's very clear that the Patriots need to fill many holes in this Draft and have 12 picks to do so, but they can't afford to gamble on a sixth-rounder to find another Brady. 

Bill Belichick is the dark master of the NFL. The guy has some sorcery to his name, a weird mystique that makes him do and work miracles at a frightening constant rate. So there could be surprises in New England's Draft. 

Here's how the top 15 Mock Draft looks like:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals pick QB Joe Burrow
  2. Washington Redskins pick EDGE Chase Young
  3. Detroit Lions pick CB Jeff Okudah
  4. New York Giants pick OT Tristan Wirfs
  5. Miami Dolphins pick QB Tua Tagovailoa
  6. Los Angeles Chargers pick QB Justin Herbert
  7. Carolina Panthers pick LB Isaiah Simmons
  8. Arizona Cardinals pick OT Mekhi Becton 
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars pick DT Derrick Brown
  10. Cleveland Browns pick OT Jedrick Wills
  11. New York Jets pick WR CeeDee Lamb
  12. Las Vegas Raiders pick WR Henry Ruggs 
  13. San Francisco 49ers pick WR Jerry Jeudy
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick OT Andrew Thomas
  15. Denver Broncos pick CB CJ Henderson

Honestly, I don't see many trades going into this Draft, at least in the first 15 picks. Each team has their needs established, and no much competition as to who can take their pick away. 

Can the Patriots quickly reestablish their team? Is this the inevitable end of their dynasty? Let's see in the NFL Draft!