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:
Surprisingly enough, this is the earliest Pats head coach Bill Belichick has ever drafted a QB, per Ben Volin of The Boston Globe:
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:
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:
SportsPickle isn't sure that being Brady's understudy is the best thing to ensure future success down the road:
However, the last QB the Pats took in the first two rounds worked out pretty well, per ESPN Stats & Info:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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