Reiss On Sports Final: Pats Drafting Garoppolo ‘Fascinating On A Lot Of Levels’

May 12, 2014 4:36 PM
Reiss On Sports Final: Pats Drafting Garoppolo ‘Fascinating On A Lot Of Levels’
" BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots surprised many with their second round selection of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at the NFL Draft, with other needs on the roster other than a third-string quarterback.

ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss knew the Pats would draft a quarterback at some point, but was a little shocked to see the Eastern Illinois quarterback’s name announced in the second round.

“It’s a mild surprise to me that they (did it that early); it’s fascinating on a lot of levels,” Reiss said on Sunday night’s edition of Sports Final on WBZ-TV.

Garoppolo had a great career at Eastern Illinois, finishing his career with 13,156 yards passing and 118 touchdowns. He put up monster numbers in 2013, throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Walter Payton Award for the best player in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision).

“Bill Belichick talks about what they look for in a quarterback and the characteristics. With Tom Brady it’s anticipation, accuracy and decision-making. I think he checks off each box in those categories (for Garoppolo),” he said "

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