2020 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine mock with Redskins trading down
The Patriots seem likely to trade this pick. They gave up a second-round pick to get Mohamed Sanu last season and Bill Belichick covets those. So, they’ll probably move down and try to get another selection this time around.
However, I’m not going to project a trade-down here for the moment. The Colts may like to move up, but I’m not confident that they’ll need to depending on which veteran quarterback they land in free agency.
And speaking of veteran quarterbacks hitting free agency, the Patriots have a pretty notable one. Tom Brady is set to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and there’s no guarantee that he’ll return to the Patriots. But even if he does, the team may have to invest in a successor depending on how Jarrett Stidham is developing.
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If the Patriots do try to draft a quarterback, it seems like Jake Fromm would be someone that intrigues him. As I mentioned when I mocked Fromm to the Patriots on the WalterFootball.com Podcast, Fromm didn’t have a great junior year, but he has all the intangibles that teams look for in a quarterback. He smart. He’s accurate. He’s a great leader. And he has been a winner for the most part.
Fromm completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 2,860 yards, 24 touchdowns, and five interceptions as a junior. His supporting cast, however, was much weaker than it was the previous season when he completed 67.4 percent of his passes and had a similar TD-INT ratio. So, if he gets better players to surround him, he could find success quickly.
Fromm does have some arm-strength limitations, so there will be questions about his downfield throwing ability. But his ability to work the short and intermediate game is up there with the best of them. And again, if he has better receivers surrounding him, he could emerge as a rock-solid NFL starter who should make few mistakes and be hard to stop.
If Brady is gone, Fromm could have a chance to start right away. But if Brady stays, Fromm would have a chance to learn from the best and learn from a quarterback he could model his game around. Brady has never had the strongest arm, but he knows exactly how to lead a team and has improved his downfield ability each and every year.
We’ll see if this match ultimately ends up happening and if the Patriots try to trade down to make it happen. But if the team adds a lot of weapons in free agency to plan for one more run with Brady, this pick could work out well and set up the team to be successful once he finally retires.