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Bean: Ranking the seven paths Patriots could take in NFL Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Mock drafts. Power rankings. Both can occasionally be good, but they’re always SEO powerhouses. 

So, what if we combine the two? Well, maybe we can have a little discussion about what we want the New England Patriots to do in a couple weeks at the 2021 NFL Draft.

For this exercise, let’s take seven realistic possibilities for what the Patriots could do in the first round and rank them. Some involve quarterbacks. Some involve trades.

I’ll say right off the bat that I never have a problem with a team drafting a QB they like high, even if it isn’t the most popular prospect. As such, I’ll have a couple scenarios here where the Patriots take Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in the late first round.

Here are the scenarios, ranked in terms of what I’d like to see.

2021 NFL mock draft power rankings: Ranking Patriots’ draft scenarios