Look out, Tom Brady. The New England Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd overall pick on Friday night.
Sports on Earth's Mike Tanier summed it up well:
How Belichickian— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) May 10, 2014
Surprisingly enough, this is the earliest Pats head coach Bill Belichick has ever drafted a QB, per Ben Volin of The Boston Globe:
Belichick has never drafted a QB for the #Patriots higher than Jimmy Garoppolo at 62— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 10, 2014
Garoppolo is obviously only going to back up Brady for the time being, but the three-time Super Bowl champion will be 37 years old in August. If Garoppolo isn't the long-term replacement, he's an insurance policy at the very least.
In the event that he does supplant Brady, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch doesn't think Gisele Bundchen will take it well:
Gisele is really going to hate Jimmy Garappolo.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 10, 2014
That shouldn't be a problem anytime soon, though. ESPN's Adam Schefter believes that Garoppolo will eventually take Ryan Mallett's place on the depth chart:
Ryan Mallett's contract is up after this season. So time for NE to start grooming a new backup and potential successor.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
SportsPickle isn't sure that being Brady's understudy is the best thing to ensure future success down the road:
Oooooh. This guy can now be mentored by Belichick and Brady and turn into a superstar QB a la Cassel, Hoyer and Mallett.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) May 10, 2014
However, the last QB the Pats took in the first two rounds worked out pretty well, per ESPN Stats & Info:
The Patriots grab QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd rd. Last QB taken in the 1st 2 rds by the Pats? Drew Bledsoe (1st overall) in 1993 #NEpick— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2014
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com found it coincidental that Garoppolo went ahead of AJ McCarron, considering the former went to the Senior Bowl as the latter's replacement:
Jimmy Garoppolo took AJ McCarron's spot in the SR Bowl and he just got selected ahead of him.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 10, 2014
Garoppolo said all the right things after getting selected, but it could all be part of his long con. As Katie Nolan pointed out, he's earning Brady's trust now before ultimately usurping his spot at a later date:
"I'm looking forward to meeting Tom Brady, I've been looking up to him since I started playing QB." - Garoppolo throwing casual shade.— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) May 10, 2014
By playing under Brady, Garoppolo will no doubt receive some great lessons simply by watching the former Super Bowl MVP in practice every day. One thing Eric Stangel doesn't want Garoppolo to emulate, however, is Brady's fashion sense:
Patriots pick QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy, learn everything you can from Tom Brady, except don't dress like this… pic.twitter.com/pkdqmP389Y— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) May 10, 2014
If this works out for the Patriots, they'll either have the guy to take over for Brady in three or four years or a valuable trade chip they can move for draft picks. Should one of those scenarios happen, Garoppolo would've been well worth a second-round pick.
If this doesn't work out, New England will still be New England. The Pats will simply draft Garoppolo's replacement once his rookie deal nears an end, as they have done with Mallett.
No matter what happens, the Patriots will make it work because they're the Patriots.