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The Patriots calmly waited for their ideal development QB, Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois (Tony Romo’s alma mater). He was the fifth quarterback taken in the draft. The Patriots selected him over notable SEC quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, and Zach Metternberger.
Considering that Garoppolo played comparably lesser defensive competition in the FCS conference, Belichick and the Patriots must have been impressed with his experience and knowledge in a spread style offense. Also, one is forced to assume that Garoppolo must have set himself apart from the other college quarterbacks that the Patriots interviewed several weeks ago. While somewhat undersized, Garoppolo posted incredible stats his senior season: 66% pass completion, 5,050 passing yards, 53 TDs, and just 9 INTs in 14 games. Check out his scouting report here: Jimmy Garoppolo.
This of course begs the question: what happens to incumbent back up QB Ryan Mallet? He and his expiring contract are much less valuable to the Patriots with the addition of Garoppolo. Will the Houston Texans come calling?