PFF’s bold and unique mock draft sends Tua Tagovailoa to Patriots

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The 2021 NFL Draft is less than two months away and the New England Patriots’ selection at No. 15 will likely remain a complete mystery until the moment it is called.

New England desperately needs a quarterback for the 2021 season, but it’s very possible Bill Belichick finds a veteran and doesn’t rely on a rookie signal-caller to lead his franchise. Many mock drafts have still led to the possibility of Mac Jones or Trey Lance finding their way into Josh McDaniels’ system.

Pro Football Focus’ recent mock draft is wild and finds a way to land a veteran quarterback with the Patriots through the No. 15 pick.

PFF predicts that Deshaun Watson would be acquired by the Miami Dolphins — who trade the No. 3 pick, Xavien Howard and and two more first-round picks. The Patriots then would trade the No. 15 pick for Tua Tagovailoa, which ultimately would lead to the pick going to the Texans.

Here’s what PFF said:

Houston trades the rights to Tua Tagovailoa for New England’s first-rounder, as the Patriots trade out of the first round for the second straight year. Pairing Samuel with Xavien Howard (see the trade at Pick No. 3) gives the Houston Texans, who were the eighth-worst team at turning salary into WAR at the cornerback position in 2020, a pair of coverage guys with which to rebuild their defense in the Justin Fields era.

The second-round quarterback shared reps with Ryan Fitzpatrick last year, while tallying 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores confidently said the team, who is coming off a 10-6 year, will give Tagovailoa his shot next year as the season.

He’s obviously trusted by a former Patriots coach and his coach in college was Nick Saban, who has a great relationship with Belichick. ‘Tank for Tua’ was an infamous statement throughout the league before last year’s draft and here’s an easy opportunity to attain him.

Although unlikely, it’s still a cool scenario to consider.