During the 2018 NFL Draft, many believed the Patriots would use one of their two first round picks on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. In fact, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels worked Jackson out twice, but they still decided to pass on him at No. 23, and No. 31. In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Patriots should look to finally bring in Tom Brady’s successor, and Shea Patterson could be available at the end of the first round.
Looking around at all these early mock drafts, Patterson goes anywhere from the top of the first round, to the bottom. This is not an exact science, and it will be interesting to see how he does against Big Ten defenses in his first season at Michigan this fall. He was granted the ability to play right away for the Wolverines, making them a serious contender in the conference this season.
While it may not look like it on the field, Brady is getting older, so there has got to be some kind of plan in place for when he is done playing. Patterson is a guy who has the potential to be a franchise quarterback at the next level, and he could learn a lot playing behind Brady early in his career. As you can tell by where they are picking, the Patriots are once again the favorite to win it all, but we all saw what happened last year.