Patriots Draft Odds Undergo Major Shift Overnight

The New England Patriots might not get the chance to take UNC QB Drake Maye with the third overall pick next week.
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With the 2024 NFL Draft less than a week away, the rumor mill is at an all-time high as teams put the final touches on their draft boards and throw out smoke screens about who they may or may not be taking. 

The New England Patriots are one of the teams that most fans will be interested in seeing who they take at the No. 3 overall pick. 

It’s already known that the Chicago Bears will take USC QB Caleb Williams with the first overall pick. But there’s uncertainty on what the Washington Commanders and Patriots will do at Nos. 2 and 3.

Both teams will likely take a quarterback, but will it be LSU’s Jayden Daniels or UNC’s Drake Maye? According to the latest odds for the No. 2 overall pick, the Patriots might end up with Daniels.

Brian Barrett from the Off The Pike podcast posted a screenshot of the latest draft odds for the No. 2 overall pick and it seems like the gap has tightened between Maye and Daniels. Daniels is the favorite at -125, but Maye is sitting at +100.

As for the No. 3 pick, which the Patriots have, Maye is now +105 after being -150 on Thursday, while Daniels’ odds are up to +170.

With Maye’s odds shifting dramatically at No. 3 from -170 to +105, tells us that there’s a chance the Commanders could take him. If that’s the case, one has to wonder what the Patriots do at No. 3 overall. 

The obvious answer is to take Daniels as he would elevate the QB position and give them a dual threat, which they’ve never had. Or do the Patriots shock everybody and take former Michigan signal-caller JJ McCarthy, who has the third-best odds to be drafted with the third overall pick (+340 on FanDuel Sportsbook)?

Jerod Mayo and Eliot Wolf have a tough choice at No. 3 as this organization doesn’t draft within the top 5 often. Therefore, they must ensure whoever they take at No. 3 is their guy and can lead them for the foreseeable future.

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