NFL Draft 2021: Former NFL Quarterback Believes the New England Patriots Should Trade Stephon Gilmore for Cowboys’ Draft Pick

Published 04/27/2021, 2:47 PM EDT
Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The New England Patriots are looking to bounce back this season. After a difficult season in the NFL last year, the Patriots shattered an impressive streak by missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Their first season without Tom Brady was a disappointment, only made worse by the fact that Brady departed the team and won the Super Bowl. However, they could use this year’s draft to select a new quarterback.

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Former NFL quarterback Jeff Saturday spoke on ESPN about the New England Patriots. He believes that their best option is to trade their assets along with Stephon Gilmore. And the destination should be the Dallas Cowboys, so they can get their 10th overall pick. The Cowboys want a corner, and the Patriots want a quarterback. The Patriots can get Justin Fields or Trey Lance, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can get the best out of them.

Dec 19, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) drops back to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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“I think the trade up to the Cowboys is the most encouraging to me because they want a corner, you could give Gilmore in that trade, you get to #10, whether it’s Lance, or Fields, whichever guy is there, from the New England perspective. With Josh McDaniels again, the play-caller he is, the ability for both those guys to make teams pay with their legs, and still be accurate throwing the football takes New England to a different level.” 

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Saturday noted that them getting Fields or Lance isn’t because Jimmy Garoppolo, the former Patriot, isn’t good enough. But rather, it is because analysts and experts expect great things from those quarterbacks. And given how well the Patriots are able to develop quarterbacks, New England is one of the best places a rookie quarterback can go to other than San Francisco.

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“That’s not a slight on Jimmy G, that is what the expectations is for these two young quarterbacks could be. Again, system and placement matters, development matters. Going to New England is a home run no different than going to San Francisco if you’re a quarterback.”

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Will the New England Patriots trade up to get the Dallas Cowboys’ 10th pick? The Patriots currently have the 15th pick in the NFL draft. However, if they are set on getting a new quarterback, they will have to use that pick along with some other assets to move up in the draft.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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