Patriots, in quest of QB depth, may discover one past NFL draft’s first spherical


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When College of Florida quarterback Kyle Trask went by his professional day final week, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was current to look at his each transfer.

McDaniels’ on-site go to served up an vital reminder that the crew’s scouting on the sport’s most vital place goes a lot deeper than prime 2021 NFL draft prospects Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones. Scheduled to choose at No. 15 total, it is extra probably the Patriots will wind up with a second-tier prospect on the place — except they commerce up.

So who, much like when the Patriots chosen Jimmy Garoppolo within the late second spherical in 2014, could be one of the best match?

Reese’s Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, a former Patriots scout, believes the dialog ought to begin with Stanford’s Davis Mills and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond.

Senior ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. sees it equally, although the 6-foot-4, 211-pound Mills has 11 profession begins, which features a three-interception sport in opposition to UCLA. Mills was a prime recruit popping out of the Larger Atlanta Christian Faculty, however his school physique of labor is skinny.

“Was he elite? No. However he has expertise. He had a terrific professional day [throwing in the rain]. All the fellows past the massive 5, he could be the subsequent quarterback taken and it’ll most likely be within the second spherical. He may presumably drop to the third,” Kiper stated.

NFL Community draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah stated Mills has had a few ACL accidents, and “he isn’t as athletic as possibly he would have been with out the accidents, however he is received poise, he is extremely clever, and I assumed you noticed him get higher all year long. He can actually drive the ball. He is a extremely sensible child who’s received fast eyes and makes good selections.”

Kiper and Jeremiah slotted Mond (6-foot-3, 211 kilos) as the subsequent chance, with Kiper evaluating him to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was a fourth-round choose in 2012. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay is excessive on Mond, predicting he’ll go to the Washington Soccer Workforce within the second spherical of his newest mock draft.

Jeremiah famous Mond is “not the thickest man,” however highlighted his development over his profession.

“I assumed he actually received higher and performed effectively this 12 months, culminating with a terrific Senior Bowl week the place he was MVP of the sport,” he stated, including that his dimension and early-career inconsistency is likely to be of concern to some groups.

“I like him, and I feel he is received a dwell arm. He can create and lengthen a little bit bit. Speaking to the fellows down there at A&M, they stated after they would get on the airplane after video games he could be standing up within the aisle with [coach] Jimbo Fisher already watching the tape with him, so he was all the time dialed in, all the time across the facility.”

Then there’s Trask, who at 23 years previous is similar age as Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.

“Second spherical is excessive. I feel third or fourth spherical is the place I might have a look at [Trask],” Kiper stated. “He has the scale [6-foot-5, 236 pounds]. He throws the deep ball very effectively, superb contact. However he does not have an elite arm. He has very restricted mobility.”

Trask’s 68 landing passes are probably the most of any draft-eligible quarterback over the previous two seasons, however he is additionally thrown 15 interceptions. His hand dimension, 10 1/8 inches, is likely one of the greatest within the draft and matches effectively if the Patriots place the next worth on that with Northeast situations in thoughts.

“There’s some issues to love about him, and a few issues to make you marvel if he will be an efficient starter,” Kiper stated. “However I might make investments a fourth-round choose in him. He is mainly [Washington QB] Ryan Fitzpatrick — a pocket passer.”

Wake Forest’s Jamie Newman (6-2, 235), who transferred to Georgia in 2020 however opted out of final season, is one other consideration.

“[Newman] appeared good in 2019, must turn out to be a little bit extra correct with some throws, slicing down on some errors/interceptions. However he has expertise,” Kiper stated. “You are speaking a couple of fifth-, sixth-rounder, however had he performed at Georgia this previous 12 months, he may have been a second- or third-round choose.”

Texas’ Sam Ehlinger (6-1, 222) can also be a part of the dialog, probably on Day 3 (fourth by seventh spherical). McShay raved about Ehlinger’s competitiveness and toughness, whereas noting his consistency as a passer wants enchancment, significantly on deep throws (rating final on throws of 21-plus yards among the many prime 15 draft-eligible QBs, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data).

“He can run, has nice pocket presence, is bodily, robust, and takes care of the soccer. He has nice expertise,” McShay stated. “However throwing the deep ball, that is the place I struggled probably the most with him.”


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