Why Patriots get extra draft picks if Jerod Mayo lands head coach job

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How Patriots will be rewarded if Jerod Mayo lands head coach job originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Patriots appear to support Jerod Mayo's quest to become an NFL head coach. Thanks to a recent resolution, there's also something in it for New England if Mayo accomplishes his goal.

In November 2020, NFL owners enacted a change to the league's "Rooney Rule" geared toward encouraging teams to hire minority candidates in head coach and top executive roles. Under the resolution, any team that loses a minority assistant coach to a head coaching job elsewhere will receive third-round compensatory picks in each of the next two drafts.

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So, if Mayo lands a head coach job this offseason, the Patriots would gain a third-round comp pick in the 2022 and 2023 NFL Drafts.

The Denver Broncos have already requested to interview Mayo for their head coach opening, per reports, and several other teams could have interest in the Patriots inside linebackers coach, as well.

Mayo is expected to be a "hot name" in the coaching market this offseason, according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, and as our Tom E. Curran wrote recently, the 35-year-old former Patriots linebacker has a very strong resume despite only three years of coaching experience with New England.

The Baltimore Ravens are the most recent team to benefit from the NFL's resolution after losing David Culley to the Houston Texans last offseason. After Brian Flores' shocking firing from the Miami Dolphins on Monday, Culley and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin are the only two Black head coaches in the NFL.

Losing Mayo to another team would be a tough blow to the Patriots, but it would certainly help improve the NFL's diversity problem in the coaching ranks -- and give New England a pair of draft picks in the process.