I am not sure if this has been discussed yet and if so credit to whoever already had that discussion. Regardless here we are looking at teams that MIGHT move up to get their QB. I am far from predicting a trade but I am looking at what the Patriots might have to be in the conversation.
The Patriots have a 1st rd. pick (#23) and then 3 3rd rd. picks (2 comps and their 23rd pick), 1 4th rd. pick, 1 5th rd. pick and 4 6th rd. picks. They also have guard Joe Thuney.
If I am Bob Quinn might I fall back all the way to #23 for Thuney and their 3rd rd. picks as well as maybe additional picks later? Would it take more? We have $ available. As Air pointed out we are not spending a ton on our OL overall.
Adding 28 year old Thuney would be very nice AND we could really flush out the roster with talented players in rd. 3 as we would have 5 3rd rd. picks. Adding Thuney would fill a hole without using a draft pick and gives us a hell of a player at ROG.
Decker, Dahl/Garnett, Ragnow, Thuney and Vaitai with our back ups looks great to me.
Who might we be looking at with the #23 pick? CBs I would guess. Maybe the 3rd or 4th CB off the board? Maybe Kristian Fulton? I would be pretty happy with that.
From there we would have our second and 5 3rd rd. picks meaning we could move around a bit. We could grab an edge rusher, a RB, and then add quality depth even if moving around cost us a pick. Having 7 picks in roughly the top 100 would be great. Mayne that six if we move up to grab a guy in rd. 2 or 3. Get a CB, an edge rusher, a RB, a WR, a DT…maybe 2 DTs and so on.
I have to say this would be very, very tempting to me. Add a 2021 2nd rounder and I pull that trigger.
Why would the Patriots do that? To get their QB who maybe can play now. Is that Justin Herbert? Who knows. But Thuney is a nice piece to have in draft day talks.