Could this be the most interesting, and perhaps perplexing, move of the night? With the 91st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
While most may find this absolutely dumbfounding, I kind of like the move, and it also paints a picture for the future at the quarterback position for the Patriots. With the federal appeals court ruling that Tom Brady's 4-game suspension for his role in Deflategate has been upheld, the Patriots only had one active quarterback on their roster for the first four games of the NFL regular season. With the unlikelihood that a veteran QB would want to come in for only four games, Belichick did the logical move of preparing for the future and life after not Tom Brady, but Jimmy Garoppolo.
If Tom Brady's suspension is upheld yet again and Jimmy Garoppolo does in fact start the first four games of the NFL season, Jimmy G's value could skyrocket if he succeeds at the position. With Tom Brady still as fresh as a newborn, the Patriots could trade Garoppolo and capitalize on his value.
Brissett is a big quarterback at 6’4″ and 231 pounds, and has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger. While Brissett still has a lot of work before he blossoms into an NFL-ready starting quarterback, it does not look like Tom Brady is going anywhere anytime soon, and Jimmy Garoppolo is only under contract for two more seasons. Brissett is an accurate thrower in the short-to-intermediate range, and can keep a play alive with his ability to move around in the pocket.
Patriots fans could be upset at how early Brissett was taken, but he is a good QB that could become a starting quarterback in a few short years.
Final Grade: C+