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NFL rumors: Saints tried to trade above Patriots to draft Mac Jones

The New England Patriots didn't need to trade up to select one of the top five quarterbacks in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Other teams were not as fortunate.

The Patriots took Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 15 overall pick, giving the franchise a potential long-term option at the sport's most important position.

There were plenty of rumors and speculation over whether the Patriots would trade up for a quarterback in Round 1. Luckily for the Pats, Jones slid outside the top 10.

However, there was at least one team that tried to move in front of the Patriots to select Jones, but it was unsuccessful.