2021 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots trade up for player Nick Saban compared to Kobe, MJ

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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots trade up for Nick Saban favorite originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The 2021 NFL Draft is just days away, which means it's time for one more look at what the New England Patriots might do.

The Patriots are in a fascinating position at No. 15, where they could trade up to snag a top quarterback prospect like Justin Fields, Trey Lance or Mac Jones or stand pat to land an elite non-QB who slipped through the cracks.

Phil Perry's final NFL Mock draft toes the line between those two scenarios: New England indeed moves up in the first round but passes on a potential franchise quarterback to go a different route.

Read on for Perry's full first-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft ahead of Thursday's first round.

Perry's 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots trade up for a Nick Saban favorite