Joel Klatt mocks Jayden Daniels to New England Patriots, explains why it’s a good fit

There’s a growing belief that Jayden Daniels, who was previously widely seen as the third-best quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft, could go as high as second overall to the Washington Commanders.

However, college football analyst Joel Klatt went with the previous consensus in his first 2024 mock draft. He projects Daniels will go third overall to the New England Patriots, a fit he likes.

“So the Patriots have to go quarterback as well, and for me the number three quarterback on my list is Jayden Daniels from LSU,” Klatt said, per On3. “Daniels was sensational as the Heisman Trophy winner and he does so many things that now in the modern day NFL I think translate.

“10 years ago I think there would have been a bigger debate surrounding Jayden Daniels. One, because it’s not like he’s the biggest quarterback I’ve ever seen in order to be mobile. But his mobility and athleticism along with his ability to attack down the field throwing the ball in intermediate and downfield zones. That combination makes him very attractive to the next level.”

It’s been a revolving door at quarterback for the Patriots the last two seasons with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe both seeing starting action. Neither has been able to seize the job, however, and it would open the door for Daniels to start immediately.

“I think it’s pretty obvious New England has been searching for a QB,” Klatt said. “Mac Jones is not gonna be the answer, he was benched for the last six games for Bailey Zappe and neither of those guys is the future. So the future in New England, at least from my seat, looks to be Jayden Daniels the quarterback at LSU.”

Klatt also has Malik Nabers as a top-10 pick, joining the Chicago Bears and rookie quarterback Caleb Williams at No. 9. Meanwhile, Brian Thomas Jr. is slotted to the Buffalo Bills at No. 28, where he would finally provide Josh Allen and the team with the No. 2 receiver they’ve been searching for behind Stefon Diggs.

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