NFL Media’s draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has changed his tune.
Jeremiah released his 2020 Mock Draft 2.0 on Monday, which included a vast difference in what he believes the New England Patriots could do with their first-round pick at No. 23 overall.
Jeremiah has the Patriots drafting Oregon’s high-profile quarterback Justin Herbert with their first-round selection.
“It’s highly doubtful Herbert will make it this far, but I could see New England targeting him if he starts to slide,” Jeremiah wrote.
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Herbert played four years with Oregon including his junior and senior seasons in which he played 27 games combined. During his senior season, Herbert threw for a career-best 3,471 yards including an impressive 32 to 6 touchdown-to-interception rate. The 6-foot-6, 236-pound Herbert completed 66.8 percent of his passes, an increase from 59.4 percent during his junior year.
Jeremiah had the Patriots selecting LSU safety Grant Delpit in his first mock draft back in January.
The selection of Herbert would be interesting considering Tom Brady becomes a free agent March 18. The 2020 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 23.