New Patriots Draft Trade Rumor Emerges

The New England Patriots have a decision to make about trading down in the draft. They are reportedly leaning one way.

Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf during the
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf during the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having a boat load of cap space, the New England Patriots have been one of the more quiet teams in free agency. And this makes sense.

In a season without Bill Belichick for the first time in over two decades, the Patriots are in the early stages of a long rebuild. They don't feel the need to overpay for veterans in free agency while they are trying to focus on drafting and developing their own.

That's why their main focus has been the draft. They own the third-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and what they choose to do with it will be the most important decision they make this offseason.

Patriots Rumors: New England Unlikely To Trade the No. 3 Overall Pick

The general consensus for a long time was that the Patriots would draft whoever was left out of the trio of Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels. However, lately rumors have emerged about teams, namely the Minnesota Vikings, trying to trade for the Patriots' No. 3 pick with the hopes of drafting their next franchise QB.

The Patriots could get an incredible return for this pick that would set them up for success for a long time. Multiple first-round picks and a second-round pick was the offer that was being rumored from the Vikings. This makes sense considering the Vikings just made a deal to add a second first-rounder for trade ammunition last week.

However, NFL insider Albert Breer reported on Monday that the Patriots have no interest in trading down in the draft.

If this was still the Belichick era, this trade would get done immediately. However, the Patriots need their own quarterback of the future to kickstart this new era. And they have a much better chance at doing that at No. 3 then later in the draft.

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