The New England Patriots continue to explore possibilities to succeed Tom Brady in the future, as they selected Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham on Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Stidham, the 133rd overall selection, was the seventh quarterback picked overall, following Kyler Murray (first overall, Cardinals), Daniel Jones (sixth, Giants), Dwayne Haskins (15th, Redskins), Drew Lock (42nd, Broncos), Will Grier (100th, Panthers) and Ryan Finley (104th, Bengals). That’s similar to Brady, the 199th overall pick of the 2000 draft who saw six quarterbacks — sometimes referred to as the “Brady 6” — selected before him.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
“I think he can be Tom Brady-esque because Jared’s really smart, he throws well from the pocket, he’s good at making quick decisions. I think that is a great fit for him. And he loves Tom Brady to death. I’m sure that is like getting drafted by God for him,” Slayton said.
Stidham completed 470 of 739 passes for 5,952 yards, with 36 touchdowns and 11 touchdowns over the past two seasons at Auburn after transferring from Baylor. His completion percentage dipped from 66.5 in 2017 to 60.7 in 2018, which has sparked questions.cheap nfl jerseys china nike
“It’s one of those things, but I wouldn’t trade my time at Auburn for anything. I loved it there, and the great thing about Auburn is that it can really help prepare you for the next level. And sure enough, I’m lucky enough to sit here and be a Patriot and further my career a little bit.”
How much longer he furthers his career, and how well the 22-year-old Stidham ultimately develops, could help the Patriots transition to life after Brady, who turns 42 in August and has said he hopes to play until he’s 45. At the least, Stidham should have the luxury to develop behind the scenes in 2019.
Hoyer, the team’s veteran backup, enters the final year of his contract. Meanwhile, Etling will vie for a backup spot after spending his rookie season on the practice squad. When Stidham visited the Patriots’ facility in April, he said he shared lunch with Etling.