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BOSTON—According to a report from CBSBoston.com, Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett has caught the eye of some teams leading up to tonight’s draft spectacle at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Per a report from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald earlier today, the Cleveland Browns have inquired about the former Razorback. New England according to the report wants “at least a second-round pick” in exchange for the SEC product. However as Howe indicates, the Browns do not have a second round pick this year, which of course adds a snafu to the proposed trade.
Even if the Browns cannot make a deal for Mallett, there is still interest from other teams. Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe also wrote a piece on the buzz surrounding the 24-year-old today as well and indicated that the interest level was very high among teams, and that it has been that way throughout the week.
“Multiple teams have called the Patriots this week about a potential trade for backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, according to three league sources.”
The report also indicates that “the Browns have long been favorites to land Mallett” and given the fact that they do not have a second-round pick for New England, and that they are considered the frontrunners in this deal, that could mean that they trade up for a higher pick. Currently, they have seven picks, with the highest one being in the first round, sixth overall. Their highest pick after that is in the third round, 68th overall. Unless they put their picks in some sort of package deal, I don’t see Mallett going to the Browns.
If the Patriots were to make a deal, it could possibly include the third round pick. It would make sense as that is the closest pick to the second round. It would be hard to imagine that the Patriots would make a deal if any of the remaining draft picks that are lower than the third round were offered, with no third round pick included. With that being said, all this is mere speculation and we will not know until later this evening.
We do know one thing: tonight is going to be a lot of fun, and we are that much closer to football season. Well, that was two things but you get my point.