Patriots select QB Drake Maye with No. 3 pick in 2024 NFL Draft

The Patriots have their new franchise quarterback – they hope so.

New England remained at No. 3 overall and selected Drake Maye in the 2024 NFL Draft on Thursday night, designating the North Carolina product as the team’s future signal-caller.

There was some posturing from the Patriots ahead of the draft, with director of scouting and de facto general manager Eliot Wolf telling reporters last week that the team was “open for business” with the No. 3 pick at overall ranking, but they decided to stick with it.

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye takes the stage during the first round of the NFL football draft Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Detroit. P.A.
Drake Maye played in North Carolina. P.A.

That didn’t work out well the last time the Patriots took a quarterback in the first round, as Mac Jones, who was a Pro Bowler as a rookie after being selected No. 15 overall in 2021, s ‘ fell apart and was traded to the Jaguars. last month for just a sixth-round pick.

Jones threw for 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a rookie, as the Patriots went 10-7 and advanced to the playoffs, where they were crushed by the Bills in the wild-card round. cards.

Doubts grew about Jones during his sophomore campaign, in which he threw for 2,997 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 14 games, and he followed that up with a miserable 2023 that saw several benches mid-match before finally being removed for good. favor of Bailey Zappe.

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is sacked by Kayvon Thibodeaux of the Giants on November 26, 2023. Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

The Patriots finished last season 4-13, the worst year of Bill Belichick’s 24 seasons in Foxborough, leading Belichick and owner Robert Kraft to part ways after years of tension.

It’s been a rough four seasons for the Patriots since Tom Brady left in 2020 and immediately won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.

New Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo (left) and owner Robert Kraft (right) Getty Images

New England hasn’t won a playoff game since its Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams five years ago and narrowly missed the playoffs for the second straight year, the first time it has failed to qualify for the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000.

Now, with new head coach Jerod Mayo, the Patriots have a clean slate as they embark on a new era.

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