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Patriots hosting Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel on pre-draft visits

New England Patriots schedule pre-draft visits with Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater Two of the draft's top quarterbacks will visit New England facilities on Wednesday. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots have caught the attention of the NFL world, with two high-profile players coming to Foxboro on Wednesday for pre-draft visits with the team. The Patriots initially generated buzz when it was reported that Johnny Manziel would be coming in for a visit, but Manziel will have company with another top quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft class thanks to Teddy Bridgewater, who will also be visiting with the team.

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This means that the Patriots are using two of their 30 pre-draft visits to the team facility on players that will likely be off the board before they are on the clock.

Of course, the Patriots have never been shy about moving around in the draft, so they could have a trick up their sleeve.

While it would be fascinating to imagine the Patriots trading up to land one of the top signal-callers as a backup for Tom Brady, the most likely scenario is that the Patriots are planning for a draft-day slide.

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There has been an increasing belief in recent weeks that either Bridgewater or Manziel will fall during the first round in May, so by bringing the duo in for visits, the Patriots will get a better sense of their true value and can determine whether to pull the trigger on selecting their quarterback of the future or trading back with a quarterback-needy team looking to leap back into the first round.

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