Patriot Pre-Draft Needs Analysis: Quarterback

Although the hype around the Patriot QB position has faded somewhat after Matt Cassel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, it doesn’t mean that Bill Belichick and company feel that they are set at the position going into the 2009 season. The Patriots under Belichick have shown that they are willing and able to draft and develop young quarterbacks, with varying results. Matt Cassel and Tom Brady have obviously done quite well, while Rohan Davey didn’t work out so well, while Kevin O’Connell is still a question mark, although many are excited. Let’s check in to see what the Patriots will have to work with in 2009 at the QB position.

Tom Brady
While his knee is somewhat of a question mark, expect Brady to be back to Pro Bowl form by October.

Kevin O’Connell
Patriot Brass is very excited about the prospects of the second year O’Connell. Many are very comfortable with last year’s third-rounder being Brady’s backup this year.

Matt Guttierez
Spent the majority of 2008 on the practice squad, but will probably have the chance to battle with a veteran for the third QB spot.

The following draft prospect quarterbacks have been contacted or worked out by the Patriots:

QB Jason Boltus (Hartwick)
QB Rhett Bomar (Sam Houston State)
QB Brian Hoyer (Michigan State)
QB Stephen McGee (Texas A&M)
QB Pat White (West Virginia)

Draft Analysis: While they don’t have to find a starter now, developing another young quarterback is always in a teams interest. Look for a second-day pick to be used on signal caller that fits the Patriot mold.

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One Response to “Patriot Pre-Draft Needs Analysis: Quarterback”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good analysis — The Patriots always like to have a new QB in town.

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