Aug 31, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the ball during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Had QB Jimmy Garoppolo In For A Visit

Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball during the fourth quarter against the Towson Tigers at O

The New England Patriots continued their quarterback crazed offseason earlier this week, as they hosted former Eastern Illinois’ signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo.

ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss has the scoop: 

The New England Patriots continue to devote attention and significant resources to the quarterback position in the NFL draft, as two weeks after creating a buzz by hosting Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater on visits at Gillette Stadium, they welcomed another top prospect earlier this week – Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois.

Some analysts, such as ESPN’s Bill Polian, have Garoppolo rated as high as a first-round draft choice.

Garoppolo is an interesting prospect, as he isn’t a “high-profile” guy like Manziel or Bridgewater, but as Reiss mentioned, there are plenty of analysts that think he is deserving of a first round choice.

New England shouldn’t spend a first round pick on a quarterback, but I definitely can see them selecting someone to replace Ryan Mallett later in the draft. I doubt Garappolo drops all the way down to the third or fourth round, but if he does, the Pats have now done their research.

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