Welcome to Arthur Arkush's
mock draft 2.0, where the biggest departures from the first incarnation
are based on two premises: never before in the NFL has there been greater incentive to draft rookie quarterbacks, and perhaps at no time during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady reign has the AFC East been more... not up for grabs, per se, but poised for upheaval.
We already know the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills are serious buyers in the top-end QB market. We now wonder whether the New England Patriots could be, too, after they added another first-rounder last week in the Brandin Cooks trade. And Mike Tannenbaum and Adam Gase, with a nearly 30-year-old starter whom they inherited and who has twice mangled his left knee since his last meaningful pass, have done significant vetting of a position they've yet to earnestly put their stamp on entering Year Three together.
Indeed, there are two aggressive moves up the board by teams in this mock. I'm sure there will be more than that come April 26, but I refuse to do any mock drafts in this offseason of unprecedented trades without including at least a couple possible mock trades.
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