Continuing the series with perhaps the most controversial position the Patriots have been linked with...
I'll speak for myself here a bit, I'm starting to get a bit annoyed with Brady. Feels like after almost 20 years of buying in he's gotten tired of Belichick's ways, and he isn't really being that subtle about it. And while I have little doubt that he'll be able to move forward and play like he usually does once the season starts, he's got Gronk following his lead acting like a brat and who knows who else will join. Either way it's really not good for the team from where I stand, and there's no way in hell any of this stuff would fly with a Bruschi or Harrison in the locker room. And while I still think all things equal we'll see Tom play another 3-4 years, that's within the window for a rookie QB's first contract if we draft one this season, and for all we know we might need one even sooner. So with that:
Early target: Josh Rosen, UCLA
This draft class of QBs really scares me, there are 6 guys that could be 1st rounders, and 3 of them I wouldn't take before Day 3. I think Allen is a disaster mechanics wise, Jackson is about the most inconsistent passer I've seen that's still considered a potential 1st rounder, and Rudolph I see really struggling to adapt to the speed of the NFL game coming from OK State's simplified offense. The three remaining guys would all require a trade up, Darnold's 2017 season scares me off investing in him (I think he goes #1 regardless), Mayfield I think is the real deal but he's another guy I see going top 5. If one is going to drop to the range where the Pats would consider moving up, I think it's the best of the bunch, Josh Rosen. I'd be hesitant to give up both first rounders this year, given the need for young cost-controlled talent on defense, but if he reaches the 8, 9, 10 overall range I think you have to at least pick up the phone and try to figure something out. He's going to be a star.
Player(s) to avoid: Luke Falk, Washington State
In addition to the guys listed above, I think Falk is a QB that's easy to really like watching highlights, but looking at his games against the best competition in the Pac 12 last season he really didn't hold up well, held the ball way too long and looked like he was having trouble figuring out the defense. It's bad enough asking the guy to make the leap from Mike Leach's offense to the NFL, then you add that to concerns with his ability to get the ball downfield, I just don't see it. Not before the end of the draft at least, certainly not in Rounds 2 or 3.
Late round sleeper: None
Just not a deep class. You're gonna see a Kyle Lauletta off the board as high as Round 2, beyond that there's no one in this draft I'd be super excited about on Day 3. Mike White has some tools, but I don't know that he's ever a starter at the next level. I just don't think we're finding our next starting quarterback late in this draft, we might take someone but it'll be Hoyer competition not eventual Brady competition.