NEPD Editor: James Christensen
With the 62nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have picked Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Read on for analysis of the pick and what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
I’ve long advocated for the New England Patriots to invest in a quarterback early in the 2014 NFL Draft. If you find yourself needing to draft a franchise quarterback, you’ve waited far too long.
Jimmy Garoppolo comes from the same school—Eastern Illinois—as Tony Romo. He has a very quick release and smooth mechanics. If you give him easy reads, he has the accuracy to carve you up. He doesn’t have the best deep-ball, but I wouldn’t consider it a weakness. He moves well—a nice 7.0 3-cone drill time proves that—but could improve his awareness of rushers in the pocket.
The Patriots held an official visit with Garoppolo earlier this spring, who shares an agent—Don Yee—with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.
Garoppolo said his visit with the Patriots including a blackboard session, went well, and he thinks he fits NE's offensive scheme well.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 10, 2014
With Garoppolo in the fold, incumbent backup Ryan Mallett could be on the trading block. If New England can recoup a third-round pick for his services, they should be ecstatic. The Texans have already made their selection in the third-round—tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz—so they might be out of the picture. If New England can’t get a good deal, I think they’ll just hold on to what they have in Mallett.
Here is Mike Loyko’s interview with Garoppolo at the Senior Bowl: