Several teams have been making calls about getting into the top 10 of next week’s NFL Draft — including the #Patriots, who could have their eyes on Ohio State QB Justin Fields if he begins to slide. @gmfb @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/GjJazJXZQp— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 26, 2021
Fields is often considered the third-best quarterback in this year's draft behind Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson. He completed 69.9% of his passes for 2,098 yards, 22 touchdowns and six picks last season.
In his second year as a starter, Fields led Ohio State to the national title game and a Big Ten championship.
Rumors of Fields potentially sliding in the draft began after it was reported Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers, holders of the third-overall pick, have narrowed their decision to Alabama's Mac Jones and North Dakota State's Trey Lance.
If Fields drops, the Patriots could make a trade with either the Detroit Lions or Carolina Panthers, who own the seventh- and eighth-overall picks.
The Patriots own the No. 15 pick and a second-rounder at 46th overall. Those picks could vault them into the top 10.