New England Patriots: 3 strategies to strike gold in 2021 draft

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The New England Patriots need to maximize their 2021 draft picks later this month to complement their aggressive free agency. After splashing the cash of owner Bob Kraft like never before, Bill Belichick is under pressure to deliver the goods in the 2021 NFL draft later this month.

With a questionable draft track record during his long tenure in Foxborough since 2000, Belichick has to maximize his 10 draft picks to augment the mega millions he has spent of Bob Kraft’s money in free agency.

Three draft strategies for the New England Patriots in 2021

So, how’s he going to do it? Good question. Let’s take a flier on three ways Belichick can get it right in the draft with three strategies this year. It may be a departure from tradition, but without Tom Brady at the helm, the tradition is gone.

First, Draft that young quarterback, BB!

This is an easy one. Your boss has said he wants to sort out the quarterback situation. You only have Cam Newton for a year (maybe more, who knows) and nothing else. So what’s to ponder?

You need to draft a quarterback this season and not a throw-away pick. It has to be very high up in the lottery.

You did fine with Jimmy Garoppolo a while ago, but he was a second-rounder. (Forget about a trade for Jimmy, please. That ship has sailed.) Now it’s time to go for all the marbles and trade up and get YOUR GUY!

You stumbled into the best of all time. What a break. But now, it’s time for you to show what you’ve learned. To show if you’ve actually figured it out after two decades with the magnificent No. 12. But, just a word of caution, don’t go for an outlier from Podunk U.

No, it’s definitely time to go all-in to get a legitimate quarterback with pedigree and talent galore. Go for the whole shebang, Bill. What do you have to lose? Not much.

You’ve already cemented your place in NFL history with 6 Super Bowl titles. You’ve booked your trip to the Hall on the first eligible ballot. If you miss on the pick, c’est la vie as they say in old Paree (Paris).

But, if you hit on this pick, you’ll really ring the bell. You’ll set up the club for 10-15 years. You can kick yourself upstairs to a cushy job and let somebody else do the dirty work. And, you can take some of the sting out of that Brady business.

What’s not to like about that? Do your due diligence and just go for it. Trade up or wait for the guy you want who’s in any way attainable, maybe just by staying put if it’s someone like Mac Jones. Whatever. Just go for the guy you want.

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