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

2014 New England Patriots Draft Grades: Jimmy Garoppolo

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

On Friday the Patriots selected defensive tackle Dominique Easley out of Florida. You can read my grading of that pick here.

Here is my grade of their second round pick of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo:

Grade: B

In terms of value, this was an ‘A’ pick. Garoppolo is a talented signal caller, who with the proper development, could become a solid quarterback in the NFL. And while the Patriots do have other needs, solidifying the most important position on the football field should be priority number one.

Ryan Mallett is in the last year of his contract, and he may actually be shipped off to Houston soon (we don’t know yet, lots of rumors on that). So acquiring someone to replace potentially replace Mallett, and maybe eventually replace Brady, was a wise move from Belichick and the Patriots.

As I already mentioned, Garoppolo does have talent. He has an extremely quick release, and has some decent athleticism. This certainly won’t be a pick where production is expected, so in that sense, there is really no debate regarding what he can do on the field. But he will be a development project, and one that could end up paying great dividends for New England in the future.

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