Potential Patriots prime decide Drake Maye declares for 2024 NFL Draft


ESPN’s David Pollack referred to as Drake Maye “Justin Herbert 2.0” again in November.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Drake Maye #10 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after a North Carolina Tar Heels touchdown in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Acrisure Stadium on September 23, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dake Maye declared for the 2024 NFL Draft on Monday. (Picture by Greg Fiume/Getty Pictures)

A situation the place Drake Maye is orchestrating drives down the sphere in Foxborough each Sunday moved nearer to actuality this week.

The North Carolina redshirt sophomore quarterback introduced on Monday evening that he’s forgoing the remainder of his faculty eligibility and coming into the 2024 NFL Draft. Consequently, Maye is not going to play for the Tar Heels within the upcoming Duke’s Mayo Bowl towards West Virginia.

“Tar Heel Nation, the perfect followers on the market. You may have made my time at UNC really particular, thank y’all. I’ve determined to forego the bowl sport and declare for the NFL Draft. Eternally and at all times, Go Heels!” Maye wrote in an announcement posted on X, the social media platform formally often known as Twitter. 

Maye is projected to be a top-three decide within the upcoming draft, sharing a vaulted spot amongst a deep draft class alongside USC QB Caleb Williams and Ohio State huge receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

Even with Bailey Zappe’s sturdy first half towards the Steelers on Thursday, the 3-10 Patriots’ finest likelihood at reasserting themselves as a premier energy within the AFC rests to find a franchise quarterback to revitalize an offense presently averaging a league-worst 13.0 factors per sport.

“The one staff that I undertaking as a stone-cold lock to take a quarterback that can also be inside affordable hanging distance of the place [Caleb] Williams and Maye can be chosen is New England,” NFL insider Subject Yates stated of New England’s draft plans earlier this month. “It’s evident how badly the Pats want a quarterback change proper now.”

Maye, 21, began each sport for the Tar Heels in 2023, throwing for 3,608 yards, 24 TDs and 9 interceptions whereas working for 449 yards and 9 extra scores.

He put himself on the radar of many evaluators as a possible top-pick expertise after throwing for 4,321 go yards, 38 TDs and 7 INTs in 2022, including 698 rush yards and 7 speeding scores.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound QB is seen as a pro-ready signal-caller because of his arm power, stout body, and talent to maneuver across the pocket and prolong performs.  ESPN’s David Pollack referred to as Maye “Justin Herbert 2.0” on Faculty GameDay in November. 

Even with New England’s victory over the Steelers on Thursday, the Patriots are nonetheless holding regular with the projected No. 2 decide within the 2024 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Seth Walder noted on Monday morning that the Patriots presently maintain a 41% % of incomes a top-two decide within the upcoming draft.