With Future In Mind, Patriots Draft QB Jimmy Garoppolo

May 10, 2014 2:05 AM
With Future In Mind, Patriots Draft QB Jimmy Garoppolo
" BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady has a few good years left in the tank, but the New England Patriots are hoping they’ve found their quarterback of the future when Brady’s playing days are over.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t come at the expense of other players that could have helped the team in 2014.

The Patriots had areas of need on the current roster when their second round selection came up on Friday night, but they selected Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd overall pick in the NFL Draft.

It’s the highest the team has drafted a quarterback since Drew Bledsoe was drafted first overall in 1993.

“I think you’re better off being early than late at that position,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Friday evening, with the distant future on his mind.

The 6-2 Garoppolo put up big numbers in 2013, throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns, and won the Walter Payton Award for the best player in FCS. He finished his career with 13,156 yards passing and 118 touchdowns, and scouts say he is a very smart quarterback with a quick release "

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