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New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our New England Patriots Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New England Patriots from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Patriots:

EDSFootball - Donahue (3/23)

15. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Notoriously, the toughest team to predict with their first-round picks as they have a proclivity of trading down, sometimes even out of the round completely, they may have given us a little hint at their plans when they re-signed Cam Newton to another one-year deal and loaded up on skill position players in free agency.

Still, Newton's contract suggests he is just a bridge to the next guy as they did not want to commit dollars or years to another established QB. Jones does have a lot of traits that Bill Belichick typically looks for including accuracy, decision-making, and leadership. Couple that with the Saban connection and it seems Jones may be the guy Belichick is looking for to ultimately take over the franchise for Tom Brady.

NFL.com - Brooks (3/23)

15. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The explosive linebacker is arguably the best defender in the draft, offering a versatile game that makes him a perfect fit in Bill Belichick's scheme.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/23)

15. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

First, I tried desperately to trade into the top five. The Jets wanted nothing to do with me. The Broncos then outbid me for the Dolphins' pick at No. 3, causing me to regret not offering an additional second-rounder. And then I had a deal in place with the Bengals at No. 5, but the top four quarterbacks were gone. At No. 15, I was hoping to trade down but got no offers. I'm beginning to develop a complex over here. Anyway, I couldn't let Parsons slide because he's got the ability to be a generational player if he maximizes his potential. He can rotate with the Patriots' veteran linebacker corps before becoming a starter in 2022. But I strongly considered Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw, Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins and Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau. If the Patriots can't move up for a quarterback, there's still plenty of talent on the board to improve their team. -- Jeff Howe

ESPN - Kiper (3/22)

15. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Look at that -- New England doesn't even have to trade up to find its quarterback. Cam Newton is returning for another season, of course, and that was a smart deal to bring back a well-respected guy whom the rest of the locker room loves. But Newton is not likely to be the Patriots' guy past 2021, and Jones could soak up the pro game for a season before taking over as the starter.

I've gotten in trouble before for saying that a few quarterbacks are "Tom Brady-like," but I'm really talking about accurate, tall pocket passers. I'm not predicting that these guys are going to become Hall of Famers. When I watch Jones, I can see some of the traits that have made Brady so good for so long. Jones is a pinpoint thrower who can manipulate the pocket and find targets down the field. He is a leader in the locker room, too. This is a good fit.

CBS Sports - Wilson (3/22)

15. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

It feels like the Patriots filled every last one of their needs in free agency so we have them bolstering their offensive line with Vera-Tucker, who is one of the most versatile O-linemen in this class; he can play guard or tackle at a high level, providing New England with versatility across the unit.

PFF - Renner (3/22)

9. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Did I mention that I don't think the quarterbacks will last long? The only way the Patriots' free-agency spending spree works out long term is if they don't have to spend big money on a quarterback. They are now in quite the predicament: If Cam Newton plays too well, they suddenly can't keep their roster together with what his price tag will be. That means they will likely be in the market in a deep quarterback class because they obviously don't plan on picking anywhere near the top 10 in 2022.

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