January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before the Patriots play against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriot Way-New England Patriots News 5/10

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) signals for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of New England

Hello, and welcome to another edition of ‘The Patriot Way’, your number one source to Pats news and analysis from around the web.

Today’s edition of ‘The Patriot Way’ is a special draft edition. All links will be either analysis of what went down yesterday, or grades of the Pats pick.

John Breech of CBS Sports gives the Patriots a C- for their selection of Jimmy Garoppolo. I see where Breech is coming from, but picking Garoppolo at 93 is a great value pick for New England. Yes, they have other needs, but you can never start grooming Tom Brady’s successor too early, and not only that, but backup Ryan Mallett is in the last year of his contract.

The Bleacher Report crew also hands out grades for this pick.

Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe explains why this draft strategy is a ‘trust me’ moment for Bill Belichick. This is an interesting piece from Gasper. Give it a read.

And finally, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston says that the Pats are thinking of a quarterback succession plan. Tom Brady is not getting any younger, and even though we all don’t want to think about it, eventually he won’t be leading New England anymore.

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