Patriots Nab Elite Playmaker in ESPN's Latest Predictions

The New England Patriots have a bunch of holes to fill in the offseason. What do they do with the No. 3 overall pick?
Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) looks
Dec 29, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) looks / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots are going to undergo a complete rebuild in 2024. Bill Belichick is out. Jerod Mayo is in. For the first time in over two decades, New England has someone new calling the shots.

Luckily for them, the Patriots are littered with assets to improve the roster. Per OvertheCap, New England will have the second most cap space in the NFL at $82.9 million. That is plenty of money to make some meaningful additions, especially on the offensive side.

The Patriots will look to upgrade quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive line specifically. ESPN's Aaron Schatz released an article discussing bold moves for the 2024 offseason. He has New England adding a dynamic weapon to the offense.

New England Selects Marvin Harrison Jr. with the No. 3 Overall Pick

The Patriots are reportedly interested in adding a quarterback via free agency. The options on the open market include Kirk Cousins, Jacoby Brissett, and Ryan Tannehill. With the plethora of funds at their disposal, the Patriots have the ability to add any quarterback they want.

That would open up the options at the No. 3 overall pick. New England's pass-catchers are putrid and they need a legitimate No. 1 threat on the outside. Schatz thinks the Patriots should nab Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. with the third pick and wait to draft a quarterback in April's draft.

Harrison Jr. has a superb blend of athleticism and explosiveness. The Pennsylvania native stands at 6-foot-4 but has the speed to blow right past defenders. In his college career, Harrison Jr. reeled in 155 receptions, 2,613 receiving yards, and 31 touchdowns. He would immediately become the focal point of the passing attack.

New England has a pick in every round so they could draft a quarterback starting in Round 2 and give him time to develop behind a veteran signal caller. Michael Penix Jr., Bo Nix, or J.J. McCarthy may be available when the 2nd round swings around.

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