Well that was interesting.
When looking at the Patriots’ biggests needs coming into the NFL draft, back-up quarterback wasn’t at the top of the list. With everyone expecting New England to improve its offensive line, tight end position or even the linebackers. the Patriots took quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois with the 62nd pick, 30th in the second round.
The selection was met with mixed reviews by just about anyone who wanted the other positions filled, meaning most Patriots fans.
But Garoppolo was obviously a move for the future. Current back-up Ryan Mallett is in the final year of his contract and could be traded before the draft ends (although it wouldn’t be surprising for the Patriots to keep him around this year to work with the rookie).
Garoppolo was one of the higher-rated quarterbacks and gives the Patriots some comfort if anything should happen to Tom Brady.
The 6-foot-2, 226-pound Garoppolo had a senior season worth remembering, completing 66 percent of his 568 passes for 5,050 yards, 53 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He was named the winner of the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the FCS.
He is considered athletic, capable of moving in the pocket, smart, durable and has a very quick release.
He’ll get a chance to learn the pro game from one of the very best, Brady, and best coaches, Belichick.