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NFL Reporter Says He Has A 'Hunch' The Patriots Are Interested In Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield during the NFL Combine.

Baker Mayfield has been tied to a number of teams, including most of the AFC East. One tapped-in NFL reporter thinks the New England Patriots could actually join those ranks.

Mayfield is one of the four prominent quarterbacks who have all been discussed as potential picks around the top of the NFL Draft. The Browns, Giants, Jets, Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, and Cardinals will all reportedly have him in for visits, per The MMQB.

All of those franchises have spots in the top 15 of the first round. The Browns and Bills each have two first-round picks.

The Patriots joined that group on Tuesday. New England made a big trade, sending wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.

In return, Bill Belichick now has the No. 23 pick in the draft, to go with the No. 31 selection. The Patriots are also sending out a fourth rounder and receiving a sixth.

With the move, New England now has a pair of first rounders and a pair of second rounders to work with. After shipping out Jimmy Garoppolo during the season for a second-round pick, the Pats have what it takes to make a move up if they want.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks the Patriots may do just that... for Baker Mayfield.

He isn't reporting it as something that is in the works. Rather, he says he has a "hunch" that the Pats could be interested in the Oklahoma star.

Total hunch here, but I'm thinking Baker Mayfield could be the guy Belichick targets. He's been all about mobile quarterbacks the last few years – Tim Tebow love affair, dabbling with Johnny Football, drafting Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett before dealing them both. Belichick can handle the kid's attitude and curb his wayward tendencies and he could be the best value play – especially if three quarterbacks are drafted ahead of him – and Josh McDaniels could coach him up and scheme him up and put him in positions to replicate what he did best at Oklahoma.

Baker Mayfield is treated as a developmental prospect by many. There would be few better places for him to go than New England to see how Tom Brady works. There is also a good chance that the Patriots could jump up high enough to get him without sacrificing both first round picks, allowing the team to also add a piece to help with a 2018-19 Super Bowl run.

[CBS Sports]