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Patriots draft quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round


Quarterback isn’t a need for the New England Patriots, but they took one in the second round anyway.

With the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Patriots selected Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Obviously, Garoppolo won’t see the field as long as Tom Brady is healthy, but the Patriots apparently think Garoppolo has the kind of talent that’s worth a shot late in the second round. Garoppolo has a good arm and was extremely productive against second-tier competition in college, and the Patriots believe he can be developed.

The biggest question for the Patriots now may be whether backup quarterback Ryan Mallett will go on the trade block. Mallett is heading into the final year of the rookie contract he signed as a third-round pick in 2011, and the Patriots may trade him to a place where he’d actually get the opportunity to play.

As for Garoppolo, he’ll have an opportunity to learn while backing up one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history.

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62 Responses to “Patriots draft quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round”
  1. murraysons says: May 9, 2014 9:26 PM

    So much for “Tom #2” Savage

  2. zackd2 says: May 9, 2014 9:26 PM

    So this means Mallet is getting traded for a first round pick, right Boston beat writers?

  3. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 9, 2014 9:26 PM


  4. nflpropickemking says: May 9, 2014 9:28 PM

    Great pick and future starting QB in N.E.,in 3 years.

  5. thepftpoet says: May 9, 2014 9:28 PM

    He’s no Teddy Bridgewater.


  6. idothis2 says: May 9, 2014 9:28 PM

    brady will be benched by week 6.#ruthlessbellichick

  7. bart15np says: May 9, 2014 9:28 PM

    Probably says everything you need to know about Mallet.

  8. barsfordays says: May 9, 2014 9:28 PM


  9. doctorrustbelt says: May 9, 2014 9:29 PM

    We all know belichick watches a lot of video… but… this is another bad call.

  10. thevikesarebest says: May 9, 2014 9:29 PM

    The question:have the patriots won a Super Bowl since spygate? Answer:…..STILL WAITING.SKOL

  11. toonsterwu says: May 9, 2014 9:30 PM

    I’m going to be fairly stunned if Mallett isn’t dealt. They just spent a 2nd round pick on a QB when they arguably had bigger immediate needs elsewhere. Curious if they were looking at the TE’s but the value wasn’t there for the pick. There were some offensive line options that could provide depth. More DL help wouldn’t have been the worst thing, since everyone knows Wilfork and/or Kelly aren’t there for long.

    I’m also going to be fairly surprised if Mallett isn’t dealt to Bill O’Brien and the Texans. That’s the most logical move. I’d be fairly curious if O’Brien and Co. were waiting on Garoppolo, or if they were waiting to see if Belichick could get Garoppolo and allow for Mallett to be dealt.

  12. jaxdolfan says: May 9, 2014 9:30 PM

    Cue the Belichick genius crowd

  13. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: May 9, 2014 9:31 PM

    They whiffed on this pick. Those Blue Staters at Patriots headquarters THOUGHT they were drafting Janeane Garofalo.

  14. jolink653 says: May 9, 2014 9:33 PM

    There were a lot better players on the board that could have had an immediate impact on the team. This kid is a developmental pick and the second round is not a place to take someone like that with Brady’s career nearing the end. They better have a good trade lined up for Mallett. I just don’t understand it at all

  15. idothis2 says: May 9, 2014 9:34 PM

    Aaron Murray is better

  16. zackd2 says: May 9, 2014 9:35 PM

    Grade: A+
    Reason: Genius move

    -Boston media

  17. hockeyfan28 says: May 9, 2014 9:35 PM

    Kids got small hands even the espn guys where going on about it he better learn how to protect the ball cause man some pass rusher coming off the edge is going to see the kid as a walking strip sack

  18. tallguyme says: May 9, 2014 9:36 PM

    terrible pick with C.J. Fiedorowicz sitting there waiting to be taken.

  19. seabass65 says: May 9, 2014 9:36 PM

    Bad pick

  20. rajbais says: May 9, 2014 9:38 PM

    You attended the draft to become Brady’s future backup???

    I told ya that staying at home was the better option.

  21. bworacle says: May 9, 2014 9:40 PM

    Belichek screws his old assistant from the Texans who still don’t have a QB. Rick Smith is the worst GM in football.

  22. bronx77 says: May 9, 2014 9:40 PM

    @pftpoet I’m pretty sure you said bridgewater would be mediocre before the draft

  23. pftstory says: May 9, 2014 9:40 PM

    There seem to be a long line of QB’s selected to be developed behind Tom Brady.
    Have any amounted to anything special after the Patriots traded them?

  24. bworacle says: May 9, 2014 9:41 PM

    Belichek makes his own market for Mallet by screwing the Texans.

  25. anonymous135 says: May 9, 2014 9:41 PM

    Another 2nd round dud that will be cut like all the rest

  26. seabass65 says: May 9, 2014 9:44 PM

    Lousy pick

  27. thestrategyexpert says: May 9, 2014 9:49 PM

    I’d rather say you can’t have too many QBs than what Brian Billick said about how you can’t have too many TEs.

  28. trg728774 says: May 9, 2014 9:53 PM

    Pftstory, please tell me the long line of QB’s that the pats have drafted to learn from Brady?? Huh what’s that?? Oh yeah that’s because it’s only 2 . Nice try though.

  29. bleedsoe9mm says: May 9, 2014 9:53 PM

    1 more year for TB in NE

  30. briscocountyjr says: May 9, 2014 9:55 PM

    It seems like the Browns and Patriots swapped personnel departments…

  31. taintedsaints2009 says: May 9, 2014 9:58 PM

    I don’t remember there ever being this many commercials on a draft. Good lord.

  32. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 9, 2014 9:59 PM

    the patriots will be screwed when tom retires. they’ll be the new oakland raiders with a very long playoff drowt.

  33. montrealraider says: May 9, 2014 10:03 PM

    If Im Tom Brady, all Im thinking is this wont help us win a 4th SuperBowl before Im done.

    I really dont see the point of investing such an important asset in that position for them. Tom Brady will probably still be playing at the end of Garoppolo’s rookie contract.

    I think the Broncos approach is better; all in with Manning and do everything to win a ring before its over.

  34. conquerpeace4d says: May 9, 2014 10:12 PM


    The REAL question is, have the Vikings won a Superbowl since ever?

  35. smelltheglove2 says: May 9, 2014 10:14 PM

    Hey redandgoldhitman, what’s a drowt?

  36. keltictim says: May 9, 2014 10:28 PM

    With the high salaries attached to drafted players gone, the rounds really don’t matter much as far as I’m concerned. If the player you want is there, get him before he’s gone, draft picks in rounds 1-7 flame out all the time do what difference does it make where he’s picked. Paging jMarcus Russell, Ryan leaf, and countless other busts. Get the players you want and need. Who cares what round he’s in.

  37. igotgamenj says: May 9, 2014 10:35 PM

    The end is coming near Pats Fans !!!!!

  38. thewiseowloftruth says: May 9, 2014 10:38 PM

    ESPN keeps saying he’s the highest QB New England has drafted since Tom Brady. Apparently they’ve never heard of Ryan Mallet.

  39. denverwally says: May 9, 2014 10:44 PM

    How many Super bowls have the Vikings won since spygate? ZERO! How many Super Bowls have the Vikings won? EVER? ZERO? Holy cow what a pathetic franchise, with pathetic fans. LMAO!!!!

  40. gonzo1378 says: May 9, 2014 11:04 PM

    I’ve always been an In Bill We Trust kind of guy but I really hate this pick.

  41. lanman11 says: May 9, 2014 11:15 PM

    Mysteriously, the Texans draft looks a lot like what the Patriots would have wanted to do. Once they took Nix, Belichick went Garrapolo, and now they work out a trade package that involves Mallet and Nix.

  42. shine94 says: May 9, 2014 11:17 PM

    Mallett will stay this year in case of injury to Brady and give more time for Garoppollo to develop …. look for a trade early next year or during the 2015 draft

  43. lanman11 says: May 9, 2014 11:28 PM

    Got that backwards. Pats went Garrapolo then Texans went Nix, so Pats traded their 3rd rounder. There still may be a trade.

    Odd that O’Brien is telling people he wants a big strong fast tough smart football team (duh). That’s a Belichick quote.

  44. axespray says: May 9, 2014 11:47 PM

    “ugh!” – texans.

  45. Patskrieg dot com says: May 10, 2014 12:33 AM

    You could put a gun to my head and I couldn’t bring myself to call this a worthwhile pick. It’s terrible on every level. The team improves zero for 2014 with zero guarantee that he could ever fill Brady’s shoes. Just awful.

  46. aggie1876 says: May 10, 2014 1:07 AM

    Hoodie will do what he does with his castaways.. train them just a little bit…. make them look good for a trade, then trade them for players.

    Hoodie knows how to spot players… and fools.

  47. oilerthentexandiehard says: May 10, 2014 1:11 AM

    @ lanman

    Pats went Garoppolo at 62. Could be why Texans took the Gronk Clone at 65.

    Probably not why Texans took the monster Nix at 83 to put between JJ and Clowney though. So taking Nix didn’t trigger this…..Bad take.

    But Beli did just school BOB one more time. Or at least Rick smith. “Want Mallet? Sure. OK, who should we start grooming when we give you Mallet? Jimmy G you say. OK, now I’ve got them both. Got any all-world wide receivers that want to win a SB before they retire – so I can pair them with Brady for his last couple of years? See if you can renegotiate his contract first, and give me a call… ”

    Texans got screwed.

  48. buffalodiehard says: May 10, 2014 3:43 AM

    Oh man Bill Belichick is at it again. He’s always ahead of the rest of the league. No one has ever mastered the two quarterback “deuces” system the hoodie is about to unveil.

    Then again, no one put laces on the football til Bill did it either!

    -Boston media

  49. pastabelly says: May 10, 2014 5:33 AM

    I don’t understand this pick since he won’t see the field until 2017, at earliest. Makes no sense unless this kid is THAT good.

  50. restorativejusticeprogram says: May 10, 2014 7:10 AM

    Obviously, there were no wide receivers left in the draft when this pick was made.

    BB must have some passive-aggressive thing going on with Brady. Very sad.

  51. clintblairjr says: May 10, 2014 7:23 AM

    I still like Savage as the best in the draft and Logan Thomas as the best athlete QB.

  52. skinsfolife says: May 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    Terrible pick. Shows that BB didn’t like mallet. The pats needed a TON of help on the offensive side of the ball, not QB. Weapons.

  53. riggo08 says: May 10, 2014 8:14 AM

    You know that the Pats did their research and have plenty of film on this guy like they do everything else!

  54. vcupats says: May 10, 2014 8:22 AM

    Pats will carry 3 QB’s this year. Mallet walks next season. Simple.

  55. the8man says: May 10, 2014 8:31 AM

    So there was no one available to fill a need that could help them win now?

    Are we sure Belichick didn’t say, “I going to vacation in the Gallapagos?”

    And then there is Easley. This kid blew out both his ACLs in college.

    I remain suitably concerned.

  56. thegronk87 says: May 10, 2014 8:39 AM

    wow, garrappolo even looks like Brady

  57. bstngrdn says: May 10, 2014 9:22 AM

    thewiseowloftruth says:
    May 9, 2014 10:38 PM
    ESPN keeps saying he’s the highest QB New England has drafted since Tom Brady. Apparently they’ve never heard of Ryan Mallet.

    24 46
    Uh,Wise Owl. I think what they are saying is that Garofalo is the highest quarterback the Patriot’s have selected since Drew Bledsoe. And that’s true. Ryan Mallett was selected in the third round and Tom Brady wasn’t selected until the sixth round.

  58. steelerdeathstar says: May 10, 2014 9:39 AM

    Jimmy G will likely be the heir apparent to Brady there. Hate to say it, but he’s going into a good situation for a young QB . No pressure to start right away, learning from Brady, being coached by Belichick, and playing for a franchise that, while despised by many, is a consistent contender. Smart move by NE.

  59. surfinbird1 says: May 10, 2014 9:40 AM

    Bill is getting senile. Has to have that head scratcher pick like Tavon Wilson. Brady must be pissed about a tight end.

  60. lphboston says: May 10, 2014 9:40 AM

    Like the Pats draft so far:

    Round 1 — Revis
    Round 2 — Browner
    Round 3 — Easley
    Round 4 — Garoppolo

  61. movethesticks76 says: May 10, 2014 9:50 AM

    So the Patriots wanted Bortles and they settled on Greasy Jimmy G!! There is one true QB in the AFC East and his his name is EJ “The Man” Manuel!! Go BILLS!!

  62. belichekyourself says: May 10, 2014 10:06 AM

    Frankly I am still waiting for the Vikings to go to a Super Bowl …. Skol

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