“We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said. “They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was reality or not.”
- Albert Breer reports that New England tried to set up a visit with Mayfield early in the draft process, but his camp said no. The Patriots then acquired the No. 23 overall pick from the Rams and circled back with his reps, which is when they scheduled the pre-draft meeting.
- Breer adds that a couple of teams that brought Mayfield in were well aware that his camp believed the Patriots’ interest was genuine.
Of course, the Browns used the No. 1 overall pick on Mayfield, preventing anyone from seriously considering a move up the board for the former Oklahoma quarterback.
Reports had said that if the Giants were to trade out of the No. 2 spot, they didn’t want to move back too far, so it’s unlikely they would have agreed to move all the way down to No. 23 overall with the Patriots.
The Patriots did extensive work on this year’s quarterback class, but waited until the seventh round to address the position when they selected LSU’s Danny Etling. You can expect the Patriots to once again be in the market for a quarterback prospect next year.