According to a report from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the New England Patriots have spoken to the Detroit Lions about moving up to No. 7 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Breer notes that a GM has told him that Patriots may trade up but it could be a move that would keep them just outside the top 10.
From Sports Illustrated:
The Patriots continue to come up as a trade-up candidate—potentially for a quarterback. But one GM in the top 10 told me his sense was that New England might be looking more seriously at a move up outside the top 10, rather than into it. Another exec said he got the feeling New England was trying to play its interest cool for now. One thing that I can say: The Patriots have talked to Falcons, Lions, Panthers and almost every other team in front of them (with the exception of their division rivals) about moving. We’ll see if they get more aggressive tonight. At the very least, they’ve got a feel for the cost of it.
In my Top 10 + 1 2021 NFL Mock Draft that I just released, I actually have the Lions trading the No. 7 pick to the Patriots and then selecting LB Micah Parsons at No. 15.
What do you think will happen?