Patriots will have number of choices in draft if they want developmental QB

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The Patriots began last season with two developmental quarterback prospects behind Tom Brady. Now, they have none.

New England traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett only days before the season opener, and they sent Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second-round pick at the trade deadline in October.

The Patriots signed veteran Brian Hoyer after trading Garoppolo. Hoyer, 32, is the only other quarterback on the team’s roster besides the 40-year-old Brady, so it makes sense the Patriots would look to draft a prospect to groom behind the veterans.

“As far as the Patriots are concerned, I think there are some interesting second- and third-round potential quarterbacks this year,” NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock said in a conference call, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State is a really logical player — prototypical drop-back type of guy. I don’t think he has great escapability, but I think he can do what the Patriots’ offense asks him to do. Along with him, I’d say Luke Falk [of Washington State] and Mike White [of Western Kentucky] are very interesting players, and then a notch below that I’d say Kyle Lauletta [of Richmond] and Logan Woodside [of Toledo].

“If you look at the five potential first-rounders [Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson], plus Mason Rudolph, Falk, White, Lauletta and Woodside, that’s 10 quarterbacks. In a typical draft, there are only about 11 to 12 quarterbacks that get drafted overall. So I think there is a little bit better quality in the top end, through three or four rounds, than we’re used to seeing.”

Since drafting Brady in 2000, the Patriots have drafted eight other quarterbacks. Five of those they drafted in the fourth round or higher. The quarterbacks they have drafted since Brady became their starter are Rohan Davey (fourth round, 2002), Kliff Kingsbury (sixth, 2003), Matt Cassel (seventh, 2005), Kevin O’Connell (third, 2008), Zac Robinson (seventh, 2010), Ryan Mallett (third, 2011), Garoppolo (second, 2014) and Brissett (third, 2016).

17 responses to “Patriots will have number of choices in draft if they want developmental QB

  1. Given the simple fact that Tom Brady will remain the best QB in the NFL for at least another 10 seasons, the Pats hardly need to draft a QB this year. 🙂

  2. .
    The Patriots have a different criteria than most other QB needy teams. They’re not looking at what kind of player they’ll have right out of the box. They’re looking at what they can make out of a guy three years down the road.
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  3. This reminds me of the year the Jets thought they’d steal Hackenberg out from under the Pats because he played for Bill O’Brien at Penn State.

    Everyone has already earmarked Lauletta

  4. Pats will have them all in for a visit at once. Each one pulls on the door at TB12 and if it opens, that’s the guy they draft, like the end of Hell’s Kitchen.

  5. If they get Rudolph in round 2, that’s Garoppolo 2.0. He’s the 2nd or 3rd best QB in the class, behind Rosen and tied with Darnold depending on if you want the upside of Darnold or the more ready thing in Rudolph. Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson couldn’t even complete 60% of their passes in college, to think they’ll do it in the pros… not likely. Baker isn’t Johnny but he still makes terrible personal decisions, and he’s not as athletic to Wilson or as good of a passer as Brees, as he keeps getting compared to. Closest comp is Keenum.

  6. I think it’s fair to say now that the Patriots traded the wrong QB. It’s clear by now that we could have won the SB with Garoppolo last season. Plus there is no guarantee any QB we draft won’t end up like Ryan Mallet instead of Garoppolo. I’m not optimistic about the future.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps
    1h ago
    I think it’s fair to say now that the Patriots traded the wrong QB. It’s clear by now that we could have won the SB with Garoppolo last season.

    Wouldn’t have even gotten to the SB without Brady. That, and Brady was the least of all the reasons that the Pats didn’t win.

    Spot on as usual. The only thing more fugazi than your comments is your name.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    February 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I think it’s fair to say now that the Patriots traded the wrong QB. It’s clear by now that we could have won the SB with Garoppolo last season. Plus there is no guarantee any QB we draft won’t end up like Ryan Mallet instead of Garoppolo. I’m not optimistic about the future


    No true Patriots fan believes this drivel. You don’t trade an MVP level playing Brady for the potential of Jimmy G. sorry, but you make ZERO sense. Would have loved to keep Jimmy G for another year or two, but he wasn’t interested in staying as a backup and the team couldn’t afford to franchise him and pay two starting QB salaries.

  9. belichick went 11 and 5 with cassel. as long as pats have the greatest coach in history, they will compete against anyone. as long as they have the greatest qb in history playing for the greatest coach, they will continue an 18 yr reign of domination.

  10. Last year some people projected that Brady can play at his current level for 5 more years. If they draft a QB in the first or second round, and he is a good prospect, then he would be ready to take over in 4 years. And if Brady is done by then, the timing would be perfect.

  11. Brady did not lose the SB. He wasn’t playing defense. When a team gives up over 40 points, it is tough even for the best QB in history to be the winning QB.

  12. dejc421 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    Luke Falk in 3rd round

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    They can probably get him later that that, even with a positive Senior Bowl week. But I agree, he would seem to fit the Josh McD offense well.

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