The day before trade deadline, the New England Patriots traded away their backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, to the San Francisco 49ers. The Patriots received a 2018 second round pick in the Garoppolo trade. This trade helps both team as the 49ers were in dire need of a quarterback and the Patriots believe Tom Brady still has a few good years left in him. The Patriots did sign former Patriot Brian Hoyer to a three-year deal but they still need a young quarterback to develop under Brady until he retires. The 2018 NFL Draft has a lot of very good quarterbacks in this class and the Patriots could snag a very solid quarterback in the middle rounds. Here are four quarterbacks the New England Patriots could draft in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
Baker Mayfield has become one of the top quarterbacks in the country once he started at Oklahoma as a redshirt-sophomore. His first season at Oklahoma, Mayfield threw for 3700 yards with 36 touchdowns and 7 touchdowns. Since 2015, Mayfield is one of the most popular quarterbacks and has led the Oklahoma Sooners offense. In his collegiate career, Mayfield has thrown for 12,608 yards with 111 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. As of now, Baker Mayfield is expected to be an early-mid round pick. Mayfield would be a nice addition to the Patriots organization as he is pocket passer with good mobility and an above average arm. His willingness to compete will be something Brady would like to see in a quarterback that he would take under his wing.
Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)
Another great college quarterback out of the state of Oklahoma is Mason Rudolph. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have one of the top ranked offenses in the country and Rudolph is the reason why. Mason Rudolph is the #1 ranked quarterback in passing yards with 2,866 passing yards. The senior quarterback is also tied for 8th in the country in passing touchdowns with 22. The Patriots could use one of their second round picks to draft Mason Rudolph. He is a top five quarterback in the draft and could be a nice addition to the Patriots. He is an accurate quarterback that hits receivers in stride and has a lot of zip on his passes. Rudolph might need a few years to develop but he is a pretty polish quarterback that will be watching how Tom Brady practices and how he prepares himself.
Will Grier (West Virginia)
Will Grier was one of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school. He was the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators his redshirt-freshman season. He played very well in his time at Florida but he was busted with PEDs which led to a year-long suspension and Grier transferring to WVU. In his first year at West Virginia, he has light the world on fire. He is the #1 ranked quarterback in passing touchdowns with 28 touchdowns through the air and his fourth in the country in passing yards with 2,752 yards. Grier has excellent footwork and pocket presence, along with strong short to medium accuracy. Will Grier is projected to as a 3-4 round pick. He’s a little raw but he could turn into a really good quarterback with time and the proper guidance. Grier would be a steal in the 4th round.
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)
Jarrett Stidham might not be a reality for the New England Patriots as it isn’t confirmed that he’ll be entering the draft. The former Baylor Bear transferred to Auburn after the incidents going on at Baylor. Stidham has 1,728 yards with 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. While he was at Baylor, Stidham threw for 1,265 with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. If Stidham forgoes his senior season, New England should think of him as a project in the later rounds. Stidham has good size, arm strength, accuracy and gets the ball out quick. He is very tough prospect. At Auburn, he has been sacked 21 times this season and always gets back up. If Brady does play for 3 or more seasons, Stidham might become a pretty good quarterback for the Patriots. Learning under Brady would be huge for Jarrett’s development into a NFL franchise quarterback.