Perry’s 2024 Mock Draft 2.0: Pats trade for Fields, add stud WR and OT

Phil Perry makes the case for trading a third round pick for Justin Fields if the Patriots aren’t completely sold on any of the top three QBs in this year’s draft.

We warned you last week that we were going to get creative with our mock drafts this year. And it didn’t take long for us to get a little weird.

In our first mock of the year, we gave you what we thought could happen come the end of April. This week, we’ll provide you with what admittedly seems to be a less likely scenario. But it’s intriguing as all get-out.

Why? We’re going to take a stab at how things could shake out if the Patriots aren’t sold on any of the top-three quarterbacks in this class. Or even if they are believers in one of Caleb Williams, Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels, perhaps they don’t believe their roster is set up well enough around that position to nurture a young passer.

If that’s the case, that could lead to some wheeling and dealing. And that wheeling and dealing could actually start before draft weekend, with the Patriots trading their third-round pick to the Bears for quarterback Justin Fields.

You can hear more about my reasoning on why Fields makes sense for New England — as long as the Patriots aren’t sold on Williams, Maye or Daniels — right here. But, in short, he would be a bridge quarterback with some upside. He would be the kind of player who’d help you navigate what could be a difficult 2024 with a shuffled offensive line and a playmaker group loaded with question marks. He has the athleticism and arm to create out of structure for a first-time offensive coordinator, too.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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