NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Patience is a virtue.
The Patriots have waited for NFL teams to become disenchanted with the quarterback class in the 2013 NFL Draft. Now teams are coming hat in hand, looking to trade picks for a former third round pick of the Patriots – Ryan Mallett.
According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, multiple teams have called the New England Patriots to discuss trade parameters.
Whether the Patriots will trade the 2011 third-round pick is the question. But all three sources said the odds are slightly stronger that Mallett is dealt than kept by the Patriots.
The Patriots have been heavily scouting quarterbacks in the leadup to the draft, and could very well select one during the draft.
The Patriots would like more than a third-round pick after developing Mallett for two years. It’s likely a second this season or a first in ’14 would close the deal.
The potential trading partners aren’t yet known, but the Browns have long been favorites to land Mallett. Not only did Browns general manager Mike Lombardi gush about the trade on NFL Network, but behind the scenes, Lombardi pushed Bill Belichick to take Mallett.
The Lombardi note is especially telling. As Bedard goes on to explain, Lombardi’s son has watched Mallett in practice for the last two years. Pre-season play hasn’t always been spectacular, so practice development and demeanor could go a long way to making the Browns comfortable with making a trade for Mallett.
According to Jeff Howe, the Patriots are set on getting some return for their investment.
Source: The Browns have called again about Ryan Mallett. The Patriots want at least a second-round pick in return.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 25, 2013
A second round pick could help the Patriots feel comfortable staying put at 29 and adding the best player on the board. The extra second round selection could turn into the best receiver or cornerback on the board.
My gut reaction – the Patriots and Bill Belichick get it done and pull off a trade for a 2nd and 6th round pick in this draft. If Cleveland is the team, the Browns will have to come up with a 2nd round selection somewhere – they used their pick in the supplemental draft last year.
Update – Not so fast my friend…
Cleveland Browns have no interest in QB Ryan Mallett, source tells Plain Dealer dlvr.it/3HPttL
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) April 25, 2013