With Tom Brady now cruising Tampa Bay in a speedboat, the Patriots could be in the market for another quarterback this offseason. There are three veterans — Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston — looking for starting spots and the Patriots could take the cheapest option at the end of the day, depending on the outcome of the pandemic.
With unproven Jarrett Stidham and veteran backup Brian Hoyer the only options at the position on the roster, the Patriots could add to the competition with another draft pick.
But beyond Joe Burrow, each of the prospects has serious questions about how they'll translate to the pro game — even Tua Tagovailoa (injuries, arm strength). Sure, Justin Herbert has some elite traits and could be a franchise quarterback, but he could also wash out of his first team like Ryan Tannehill, who is an apt comparison.
After that, it's pick your flavor. The Patriots could be better off taking a Jake Fromm, James Morgan or even Nate Stanley later in the draft and getting the same bang for the buck — if not quicker competition than a Jordan Love or Jacob Eason.
Overall, this draft class is underwhelming.
Here are our rankings of the Top 10 prospects and best of the rest:
1. Joe Burrow, LSU (6-3 1/2, 221, 9-inch hands, Round 1): The real deal because of his accuracy and intangibles. Doesn't have elite athletic skills but he's good enough at everything. The son of coach, Burrow has a quiet swagger that translates to teammates. Mental game is off the charts. Senses pressure and moves well enough in the pocket. Can make all the throws though arm strength won't wow anyone. Completed 68.8 percent of passes in career, and 76.3 percent as a senior. Threw 60 TDs against six INTs in his final season. Has rare feel for the position and comparisons to Tom Brady are legitimate. He's that kind of player and he'll change the culture in the locker room the day he walks in.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (6-0, 217, 10-inch hands, Round 1-2): Completely comfortable in the spotlight and as the face of a franchise. Has innate instincts for the position and as a passer. Very twitchy and knows how to manipulate coverage with his eyes and body movements. Very good accuracy with 69.3 percent completions in his career and 71.4 in his final season. However, he has serious durability issues with a variety of injuries during his career. Part of that came from him never giving up on a play and taking some big shots to deliver the ball. Height is a concern as he has a lot of batted passes. Biggest issue going to the next level has to do with