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The New England Patriots reportedly considered acquiring the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft had the Cleveland Browns not selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick.According to Andrew Brandt of The MMQB
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, Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, said: "We knew that the [New York] Jets at [No.] 3 was the bottom line. We had another team that said, 'You may get a big surprise on draft day at No. 2 if he is available.' And that team was the Patriots."Cleveland nabbed Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick
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, while the New York Giants stayed at No. 2 and took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.The MMQB's聽Albert Breer聽and Robert Klemko added that the Pats were denied a meeting with Mayfield until after they acquired the No. 23 overall pick as part of the trade that sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.New England entered the draft owning selection Nos. 23 and 31, but it likely would have needed to offer much more to get to No. 2, including next year's first-round pick.On Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady officially committed to聽play in 2018.Brady was the NFL MVP last season and turned in a dominant performance in New England's Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with 505 yards passing and three touchdowns
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, but he will be 41 by the time the 2018 season begins.New England's primary
is veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer, although New England drafted LSU signal-caller Danny Etling in the seventh round.With their pair of first-round selections, the Pats took Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn and Georgia running back Sony Michel. Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback.
Manziel announced Wednesday that he’ll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas
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, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate.
Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left school after his sophomore season for the NFL. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but was cut in 2016 and hasn’t played since.
In a recent interview with ”Good Morning America”, Manziel said he’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking alcohol. In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after Manziel took an anger management course and participated in the NFL’s substance-abuse program. He was also suspended four games for a substance-abuse violation even though he wasn’t under contract.
”Can’t wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do!” Manziel tweeted Wednesday.
Manziel played nine games with the Browns in two seasons
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, passing for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
”Football has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it’s gone. My goal is to make it back to the NFL and I realize I have to earn that privilege,” Manziel said in a statement provided by the Spring League.
This version has been updated to correct that Manziel was cut by the Browns in 2016.
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