The Patriots reportedly flirted with the idea of a massive trade up to the second pick to get Baker Mayfield

  • The New England Patriots considered trading up to the second pick to draft Baker Mayfield if he didn't go No. 1.
  • Mayfield's agent said on a podcast that they were told that the Patriots would consider moving up to the second pick.
  • According to a report, once the Patriots acquired the 23rd pick in the draft, they had four picks in the first two rounds, enough capital to trade up and look for a backup to Tom Brady.


Baker Mayfield was taken with the first overall pick in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns but had he slipped, a surprising team might have been waiting to pounce.

Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, told Sports Illustrated's Andrew Brandt that the New England Patriots were flirting with the idea of making a big trade up to draft Mayfield.

Mills told Brandt that teams came away enamored with Mayfield after interviewing him and working him out, and they felt he would be one of the top picks. If he wasn't No. 1, however, the Patriots might have made a leap for him.

"Another team had said, 'You may get a big surprise on draft day at No. 2 if he's available,'" Mills said. "And it was the Patriots."

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Baker Mayfield chosen as the Number 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Saquon Barkley of Penn State poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the New York Giants during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold poses for photos with a jersey as the third overall pick by the New York Jets during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The Cleveland Browns pick Ohio St Cornerback Denzel Ward fourth overall during the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Bradley Chubb poses for photos as the fifth overall pick by the Denver Broncos during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Quenton Nelson chosen as the sixth overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Josh Allen chosen as the seventh overall pick by the Buffalo Bills poses for photos during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Roquan Smith is chosen as the eighth overall pick by the Chicago Bears poses for photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Mike McGlinchey on the video board after being chosen by the San Francisco 49ers with the ninth overall pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Josh Rosen poses with a jersey after being chosen by the Arizona Cardinals with the tenth overall pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Minkah Fitzpatrick poses for photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Miami Dolphins with the eleventh overall pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Vita Vea poses for photos after being chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 12th overall pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Da'Ron Payne on the video board after being chosen by the Washington Redskins with the thirteenth pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Marcus Davenport takes a photo with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage after being chosen by the New Orleans Saints with the fourteenth pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Kolton Miller holds up a jersey and takes a photo after being chosen by the Oakland Raiders with the fifteenth pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Tremaine Edmunds holds up a jersey and takes a photo after being chosen by the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The Los Angeles Chargers select Florida State Defensive Back Derwin James seventeenth overall during the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Jaire Alexander holds up a jersey and takes photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Green Bay Packers with the 18th pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State poses after being picked #19 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Frank Ragnow on the video board after being chosen by the Detroit Lions with the 20th pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Billy Price on the video board after being chosen by the Cincinnati Bedngals with the 21st pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Rashaan Evans holds a jersey and takes photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Tennessee Titans with the 22nd pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Isaiah Wynn on the video board after being chosen by the New England Patriots with the 23rd pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: D.J. Moore on the video board after being chosen by the Carolina Panthers with the 24th pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Hayden Hurst on the video board after being chosen by the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays an image of Calvin Ridley of Alabama after he was picked #26 overall by the Atlanta Falcons during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays an image of Rashaad Penny of San Diego State after he was picked #27 overall by the Seattle Seahawks during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Terrell Edmunds of Virginia Tech (R) poses with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (L) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (C) after being picked #28 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Taven Bryan holds up a jersey after being chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 28th pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays an image of Mike Hughes of UCF after he was picked #30 overall by the Minnesota Vikings during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sony Michel on the video board after being chosen by the New England Patriots with the 31st pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Lamar Jackson holds up a jersey after being chosen by the Baltimore Ravens with the 32nd pick during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported shortly after that, when the Patriots first contacted Mayfield's camp to set up a pre-draft meeting, they were turned down. At that point, the Patriots only had their 31st pick and two second-round picks — it was unlikely that had the assets to leap to where Mayfield might get drafted. But after trading Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd pick, the Patriots then owned two first- and two second-round picks — enough capital to potentially swing a big trade for the second overall pick.

The second pick would make sense, too, as the Giants were reportedly something of a wild card going into the draft, with the potential to stay put or trade down.

Ultimately, Mayfield went No. 1 to the Browns, and the Patriots didn't make any bold moves, taking OT Isaiah Wynn with the 23rd pick and running back Sony Michel with the 31st pick.

The alleged interest is eyebrow-raising, nonetheless. After trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers last year, the Patriots were left without a future replacement for Tom Brady. Brady, at 41, hasn't let up at all, but his days as a starter are undoubtedly numbered. With a deep quarterback class this year, some thought the Patriots might look for a backup to develop behind Brady over the next few years. The Patriots apparently considered the same.

That the Patriots didn't get Mayfield only pushes that decision further back, meaning, eventually, they will pull the trigger on a future quarterback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: After Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threws his second touchdown pass of the game to break Peyton Manning's single season record, he gets a pat on the head from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, left, greets Boston Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady before the Broncos' played the Patriots at Invesco Field at Mile High Sunday October 11, 2009 HYOUNG CHANG/THE DENVER POST (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels gives New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) a pat on the cap as the team took to the field for pre game warmups before a preseason exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of of the New England Patriots sits on the bench with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) share an embrace as the team took to the field for pre game warmups before a preseason exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 8: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, right, share a moment during pre-game warmups. The New England Patriots hosted the Cleveland Browns in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
12 October 2014: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during a NFL game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Kellen MIcah/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots speaks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the second quarter of action at Gillette Stadium. The Denver Broncos visit the New England Patriots in a week 9 AFC showdown. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
November 16, 2014: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talking to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before they play the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 7, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high fives Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots congratulates Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after his 400th career touchdown pass during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 9: After he was removed from the game in the fourth quarter, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) sports a big smile as he says something to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (left). The New England Patriots visited the Cleveland Browns in a regular season NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the fourth quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 27, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 12: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is pictured with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels during Patriots practice at the Gillette Stadium practice field in Foxborough, MA on Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 6: New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, and quarterback #12 Tom Brady are pictured during the team's Minicamp practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Jun. 6, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots hugs Josh McDaniels before a preseason game with Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high fives offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in the second quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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