Perry, Breer assess the risk of trading down for Patriots

Perry, Breer assess the risk of trading down for Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The wait is nearly over. On Thursday night, the New England Patriots will likely select who they believe can be their franchise quarterback at the 2024 NFL Draft. But with the No. 3 overall pick, they could trade down a few spots in hopes of acquiring more assets.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer joined NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry on the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast where the two discussed the possible risks of trading down from No. 3.

“I believe — if it works out how I think it’s going to work out now, [Caleb] Williams one, [Jayden] Daniels two — that the Patriots will stay at three and take Drake Maye,” Perry told Breer. “The most interesting thing I’ve heard all week is just how much the Giants really love Drake Maye.”

Perry then walked through what a trade with the New York Giants could look like if they are so inclined to trade up for Maye. Assuming New York’s No. 6 pick would be involved in the trade, Perry added that he expects the Arizona Cardinals to take a receiver at No. 4 — presumably Marvin Harrison Jr. — but the No. 5 pick leaves risk if the Patriots want to take the next best QB in J.J. McCarthy.

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“You’re just hoping against hope that nobody trades up to five to take the fourth quarterback,” Perry said of the pick currently owned by the Los Angeles Chargers. “You might trade down to six and say, ‘Well, we’ve got a pretty good chance at landing J.J. McCarthy,’ but you don’t know that, and that’s what would scare me if I’m the Patriots.”

If the Patriots moved down to No. 6 in a trade with the Giants, and another team followed by trading up to No. 5 to select McCarthy, Perry added that the Patriots would likely have to trade down again — adding in the same risk they already dealt with — in hopes of…


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