NFL DRAFT

Bedard: On the path to Mac Jones, 5th-year options, Christian Barmore, UDFAs and David Andrews

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A few more post-draft thoughts while I wait for my appearance on Felger & Mazz today from 2-4 p.m. ...

• I've heard some questionable sports talk radio takes, but this one has to take the cake. ... Let me get this straight, the Mac Jones pick is somehow less effective because ... they didn't trade up for him? How does that make any sense? Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to tell you the Patriots were smart or brilliant or anything for staying put at 15 and getting the QB they wanted. It doesn't have to be a superlative one way or the other. But you can say they were effective in executing their plan, just like on the football field.

What the Michael Felgers of the worlds don't get, or don't want to get, is it wasn't really rocket science to how the Patriots just stayed put through process of elimination, and freezing the pick.