NFL GM says this quarterback would be a ‘huge reach’ for Patriots at No. 3

NFL GM says this quarterback would be a ‘huge reach’ for Patriots at No. 3


Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy could be a “bold selection” for the Patriots, one executive told The Athletic.

Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy AP Photo/Darron Cummings

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  • Jayden Daniels shared his opinion on the possibility of being drafted by the Patriots

The general consensus is that the top three quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class are Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels.

As long as the Patriots don’t trade the No. 3 overall pick, one of those players will be available for them to draft.

But, could the Patriots think outside the box and pick another quarterback in that slot?

According to Mike Sando of The Athletic, one NFL GM isn’t ruling out Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy as a possibility for New England.

“One GM whose team already has a franchise quarterback thought McCarthy would be ‘a huge reach’ in this spot,” Sando wrote. “But he conceded New England could make a bold selection with Eliot Wolf running the draft room”

Sando noted that Wolf’s father, Ron Wolf, brought Brett Favre to Green Bay via trade in 1992.

“I think they go quarterback,” this GM said. “Do they take a shot at J.J.? Eliot won’t be afraid to if he believes in the player. Just look at what his dad has done.”

Another executive told Sando that the younger Wolf is likely to go for the biggest, fastest, most talented athlete in most cases.

The biggest of the projected first-round quarterbacks would be Maye. He’s 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, which puts him at least 15 pounds heavier than any of the other quarterbacks mentioned in Sando’s story. He’s the same height as Daniels, an inch taller than McCarthy, and three inches taller than Williams.

As for the fastest, none of the top quarterback prospects ran the 40-yard dash at the combine so it’s tough to get an exact measurement in that sense. 247Sports’ Brian Dohn reported in 2021 that Williams’s 40 time was under 4.6 seconds.

Daniels was the most productive in terms of running the ball. He has rushed for at least 700 yards and six touchdowns three years in a row, including 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Which player the teams think is most talented is subjective. Williams and Daniels are both Heisman Trophy winners. Maye, the 2022 ACC player of the Year, comes from a family of athletes, including a pair of brothers that played basketball at UNC and another brother who played baseball at Florida.

Sando polled six executives on what they think will happen with the top 10 picks in the draft. Five of the six said they believe the Patriots will go for Maye, mainly because they believe Williams and Daniels will be off the board by the time New England picks at No. 3.

“I think they would probably rather have Jayden Daniels, but I’ll put Maye in there,” one exec said.

All six executives had Maye being picked in the top-three, but things could change between now and draft day, one executive noted.

“Could you say McCarthy could go in the top five? Yes,” a former GM said, “Because everybody had him on the back burner this fall. And then Michigan was not centered around the quarterback like Oregon or Washington was, so he was not going to put up monster numbers. But then when you start looking at the talent and the makeup, he looks pretty good to people.”

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