Peter King predicts Patriots trade up for Tua Tagovailoa in mock draft


Peter King admits at the beginning of his mock draft that no one really knows what is going to happen, including saying "even the well-connected guys are lost this year."

But, the NBC Sports reporter had an interesting outcome relating to the Patriots -- New England trading up to No. 13 with San Francisco to take Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

King doesn't say what the Patriots would have to give up, but does mention even if they had to give up next year's first-rounder it would be worth it.

"So Tagovailoa could drop, and Bill Belichick really doesn’t want to take a quarterback now, with one draft pick in the top 85 this year and needs all over his roster," King wrote. "And truly: I have no indication, no inside information, that says he’d do this. It’s simply a guess. But think if you’re Belichick. Because your team never finishes 3-13, you never have a chance to get one of the best quarterbacks in the college game. Until Tagovailoa’s hip popped out of the socket last November, forcing immediate and urgent surgery, he was 1/1A with the transcendent Joe Burrow to be the first pick in this draft. And you don’t want to pillage the lone first or lone second-round pick from next year’s draft. But do you do it for a great but pockmarked talent such as Tagovailoa five months after major hip surgery? I do know Belichick would have confidence in his player-procurement skills.

"... Tough call for a franchise, but when would the Patriots ever get a shot at a potential superstar quarterback? Even if they had to throw in next year’s first-rounder, I think this would be a risk worth taking for the Patriots."

It's expected the Patriots will select a quarterback, but the question becomes when. With 12 overall selections, it really could come at any point, including potentially trading up for Tagovailoa if he falls.