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#pounditWednesday, January 20, 2021

Patriots hosting top QB prospects for pre-draft visits

Tom Brady has repeatedly said that he wants to play several more seasons, but that is not stopping the New England Patriots from getting an up-close look at some of his potential replacements leading up to this year’s draft.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots hosted Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier for visits on Wednesday.

The Patriots have the last pick in the first round, which is No. 32 overall. Grier will probably still be available then, but it seems unlikely that Jones would be. If quarterbacks start coming off the board quickly, the Patriots would probably have to trade up to draft Jones.

In addition to hosting at least two top QB prospects for visits, the Patriots are among the teams potentially interested in trading for a quarterback who started last year. Even if Brady plays until he is 45, Bill Belichick might want him to start grooming the next guy. That could mean drafting a quarterback in New England sooner rather than later.

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