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Patriots Football Daily: Lazy Analysis and Comps Season



Potential New England Patriots pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye (10) throws a pass before a football game against Appalachian State, Saturday Sept. 3, 2022, in Boone, N.C. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

The period leading to the NFL Draft is referred to as “The Lying Season.” Teams and agents share misinformation, often through the media, to hide true intentions. It can be done to mislead other franchises or mislead fans into thinking the team is doing more than they are. So no, New England Patriots fans should not believe every bit of information coming out about their favorite franchise.

Teams and agents aren’t the only people sharing misinformation. Analysts at this time of year often spew nonsense. Certain prospects seem to receive the most scrutiny. This year that prospect is North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye.

Understandably, draftniks can study film and simply view prospects differently. Your Patriots Football Now scribe didn’t have first-round grades on Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Zach Wilson, and others. People paid far more, with jobs and reputations at stake in NFL offices, opted to take those players very early.

Did Chris Simms sincerely believe Zach Wilson was a better prospect than Trevor Lawrence in 2021? Unlikely. It is more believable Simms wanted to take an alternative opinion, get attention, and claim he knew best if things worked out that way.

Merril Hoge claimed recently he would not take Drake Maye in the first round. Yesterday, on the Felger and Mazz radio show in Boston, guest Cerrone Battle claimed he wouldn’t draft Maye at all. Battle compared Drake Maye to Zach Wilson. Other Maye NFL comps of late have included Mitch Trubisky and Mac Jones. What?

Drake Maye needing to sit for a season to improve his footwork is believable. Maye not becoming an All-Pro is possible. No prospect is a lock for success. But Drake Maye, like LSU QB Jayden Daniels, is an excellent prospect the Patriots would be fortunate to draft.

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Pro Football Network – Top NFL free agents left by position

Yardbarker – Giants reportedly change path on QB plan for 2024

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Go to our sibling site Boston Hockey Now to check out the great Boston Bruins coverage from Jimmy Murphy and the BHN team. The NHL season is underway and plenty is happening in the Bruins 100 Anniversary season.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

Drake Maye will need to play a lot of football to become the leader in NFL games played among North Carolina Tar Heels. The top ten list consists of:

266 Julius Peppers
236 Ethan Albright
214 Vonnie Holliday
211 Jeff Saturday
194 William Fuller
193 Kevin Donnalley
188 William Henderson
187 Chris Hanburger
186 Tommy Barnhardt
184 Lawrence Taylor

Post of the Day

Today’s post is from the Atlanta Falcons, with a highlest of the newest member of the New England Patriots, Jaylinn Hawkins…