Bedard On Garoppolo Pick: Fits Patriots’ System More Than Mallett

May 10, 2014 7:14 PM
Bedard On Garoppolo Pick: Fits Patriots’ System More Than Mallett
" BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots raised some eyebrows Friday night when they selected quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the NFL Draft.

He figures to be the quarterback of the future, taking over whenever Tom Brady calls it a career in New England.

That day isn’t likely coming anytime in the near future, so many have been critical of the Patriots using such a high-round pick on a player who could be their third-string quarterback in 2014.

But MMQB ’s Greg Bedard joined a special NFL Draft edition of Gresh & Zolak on Saturday, and said it’s not too early for the Patriots to begin planning for “life after Brady.”

“Tom Brady isn’t going to play forever, and franchise quarterbacks don’t just grow on trees. Just because you got one in the sixth round doesn’t mean you’ll take one late in the draft and he’ll be the best guy,” he said.

“You need to get the plan going, because if you look back on how the Patriots have done these things, they’ll have a guy like Brian Hoyer, bring him along and draft another guy "

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