The Patriots landed the steal of their sport’s history, snagging Tom Brady with the 199th choose within the 2000 NFL Draft. 20 years later, New England doesn’t seem possible to sit down back and stay up for Brady’s successor to fall under its lap.
Though the Patriots — WHO hold the twenty third overall choose — presently sit flow of vary of landing any of the four quarterbacks projected to be taken within the initial spherical (Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love), NFL Network corporate executive Ian Rapoport thinks Bill Belichick may trade up to land one in every of the elite prospects.
“The Patriots are getting to take a quarterback, most likely with a premium choose,” Rapoport aforementioned on “The wealthy Eisen Show.” “I would simply imagine it’s not at the choose they presently have.”
Multiple eventualities seem live. Love would be the simplest to land by doubtless commerce up some of picks, however New England may conjointly trade back for multiple chooses — the Patriots don’t have a second-round pick — and take a look at to duplicate their success in drafting Jimmy Garoppolo within the second spherical in 2014, maybe via Washington’s Jacob Eason.
Another option is passing the torch to Jarrett Stidham, WHO was hand-picked within the fourth spherical last year, however threw simply four passes as Brady’s beginner backup.
“My understanding is that they greatly like Stidham. They suppose his potential is nice,” Rapoport aforesaid. “There’s tons of quality and a lot to love, however they don’t truly apprehend. He’s ne’er done it. … I don’t suppose they’re going into the draft language, ‘We got Stidham. we have a tendency to are sensible.”
As of now, Rapoport predicts 34-year-old Brian Hoyer — WHO joined geographic area for his third stint last month — are going to be the starter, whenever the season begins.
“But that’s one thing that’ll be ever-evolving as we have a tendency to get into next season,” Rapoport aforesaid.