Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
A few thoughts on how picks by the Patriots' AFC East rivals might have a trickle-down effect in New England: QB Sam Darnold (No. 3, Jets) and QB Josh Allen (No. 7, Bills) give those clubs hope that they've found their franchise quarterbacks, while DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 11, Dolphins) is the type of player that helps in the matchup game against various offensive personnel, such as against TE Rob Gronkowski. Meanwhile, as usual, the Patriots are exploring various trade possibilities as they sit at No. 23 and No. 31.