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Morning sports update: Peter King explained why he thinks the Patriots will trade up for Tua Tagovailoa

"I just thought, it seems to me, anyway, the kind of gamble that Bill Belichick very well might take."

Tua Tagovailoa playing for Alabama in 2019. The Associated Press

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Peter King on his Patriots prediction: NFL insider Peter King released his mock draft on Monday ahead of the actual draft later this week.

King’s draft carried several surprises, with the Patriots causing arguably the biggest shock. Predicting that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would drop, King thinks the Patriots will move up to draft him.

The reason I gave him to the Patriots is that if he falls, and he continues to fall, if he gets to 12, 13, 14, look at Bill Belichick’s relationship with Nick Saban,” King said on Monday. “Nick Saban loves Tua Tagovailoa. He loves his competitiveness, he loves his drive, his ability to come back from injury. He loves everything about him. And in my opinion, that’s exactly what he would tell Bill Belichick.”

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“And if you watch the tape of Tua when he’s healthy, he’s a great football player,” King continued. “So, then you decide, is maybe trading next year’s [first-round pick] worth it — this year’s [first-round pick] and next year’s [first-round pick] to get a guy who could be a great player for the next 10 or 12 years in the NFL?

King added that linking Belichick and Tagovailoa is merely theoretical, but makes sense.

“Now, you’re taking a risk,” King explained. “You are. But I just thought, it seems to me, anyway, the kind of gamble that Bill Belichick very well might take. I have no inside information. All it is is just a projection, that if I were Bill Belichick and I saw Tua falling, I would say, ‘I want this guy.'”

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Trivia: What quarterback was drafted in the first round of the 2000 draft, 181 picks before Tom Brady?

(Answer at the bottom),

Hint: He threw touchdown passes in college to Randy Moss, among others.

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Trivia answer: Chad Pennington

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