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Did Patriots GM drop hint about team’s draft preference?

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Aug 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; A New England Patriots helmet sits on the sideline during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have a chance to land a potential franchise quarterback with the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but they may feel that they can move back in the draft and still get whom they want.

Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf met with the media on Thursday and made one thing very clear — the team is listening to offers. While the odds still heavily favor New England selecting a quarterback at No. 3, Wolf said the Pats are “open for business in the first round and any round.”

Wolf did indicate, however, that the Patriots would need to be blown away to trade the third overall pick. He said there have been discussions about moving back from No. 3 but that no team has offered a “bag” for the pick.

Following the press conference, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe said his biggest takeaway is that the Patriots are genuinely hoping for a big offer for the No. 3 pick but are content using it on a quarterback.

Caleb Williams is a lock to go first overall to the Chicago Bears. There is very little consensus on how the rest of the quarterbacks in the draft should be ranked. As many as five others could be taken in the first round. If the Patriots would be happy with Michael Penix Jr., they might be willing to trade back. They would still need a significant offer from a team that is desperate for a QB, however.

There have been a lot of recent rumors that the Patriots are eyeing one specific quarterback at No. 3, but those reports could have been leaked by them or any other team for strategic purposes. We will not know for certain until the first round is underway next Thursday.


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