Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com loved their first-round pick, but he only gave the New England Patriots a slightly above-average grade: B-.
"I know first-round pick Dominique Easley is a risk with double knee surgery, but he is worth it. I didn't like the pick of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second. With the window closing on Tom Brady, get him some more players. Try to win now."
Prisco's shortsighted strategy of "win now" is what gets many teams in long-term trouble.
Prisco has a point: Jimmy Garoppolo won't help in 2014. That said, if you wait until you need to draft a quarterback to start, you've waited far too long. Incumbent backup Ryan Mallet is on the final year of his contract, while Tom Brady has at least a couple of productive years left.
Garoppolo is the bridge that will transition the Patriots into the post-Brady era.