With the 62nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bill Belichick stocked for the future rather than selecting an immediate impact player. The early analysis on Jimmy G praises his quick release, fundamental footwork and athleticism. With TB12 going on 37 and backup Ryan Mallett’s contract expiring after the season, the future isn’t too clear. Mallett hasn’t shown much growth under TB12′s guidance and this selection can be viewed as an insurance policy.
Is it sexy? No; however, he did throw for 5,050 yards, 53 TD and 9 INT in 2013. Garoppolo was also the Offensive MVP of the East-West Shrine (NCAA all-star) game. It should be noted that 6′ 5″ TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, who worked out for the Pats, was selected three picks later. Belichick was quoted later in the night, “Given the situation we have at QB, I think we had to address the position – better to be early than late”. Yes, he could provide value down the road but NE acquired multiple players to win in 2014, not 2018.
The Patriots then traded their 3rd round pick (93rd) to the Jaguars for an early 4th rounder (105th pick) and another 6th round selection. New England now has three 4th round and three 6th round picks tomorrow. You can count on Bill and company adding some skill players to surround Brady Saturday. In the meantime, check out some highlight videos for Jimmy below: