Jerod Mayo: Patriots are ‘open to trading’ No. 3 pick in NFL Draft

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ORLANDO, Fla. — At his first sit-down with reporters here at the NFL’s annual meetings, New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo said he is “open to trading” the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft if it comes at the right price. He also dished on North Carolina’s Drake Maye and LSU’s Jayden Daniels, the top two options if the Pats make their pick at No. 3.

“Look, we sit at a very enviable spot at No. 3 where we can take someone, or if someone offers ‘a bag,’ as we would say — you know, a lot of first-round picks — we definitely have to talk about those things,” Mayo said.

Mayo discounted the idea that the Patriots roster isn’t good enough to support a rookie quarterback. He also noted that the number of quarterbacks the Patriots are considering near the top of the draft has expanded as Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy’s stock has risen. Maye, Daniels and McCarthy are all expected to visit New England as part of the 30 prospects each team is allowed to host.

“When I first started watching these guys, it was that three-man race,” Mayo said. “And now as you continue to go to the combine or the pro days and bringing guys in on the 30 visits and having time to spend with those guys to really get to know what makes them tick, it’s about five guys honestly that could come in and be a solid quarterback in the future.”

This story will be updated.

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