Patriots Draft Picks 2014: Jimmy Garoppolo Goes No. 62

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

With the 62nd pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have made a selection, taking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois.

With the 62nd pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have made a selection, taking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois.

Team Needs:

TE  |  DT |  DE |  LB | OG/C | S | RB | QB

Thoughts: With Ryan Mallett's contract expiring after 2014, the Patriots needed to select a developmental arm, but I don't think anyone expected the team to select a quarterback this early.  Garropolo is a smart, mobile quarterback who will undoubtedly garner discussion about being the Patriots' quarterback of the future, despite Tom Brady having four years remaining on his contract.

Patriots Draft Picks:

Round 1, Pick 29: Dominique Easley, DL, Florida

Round 2, Pick 62: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Round 3, Pick 93: Friday

Round 4, Pick 130: Saturday

Round 4, Pick 140 (Compensatory selection, can't be traded): Saturday

Round 6, Pick 198 (via Philadelphia): Saturday

Round 6, Pick 206: Saturday

Round 7, Pick 244

Instant Grade: B

The Patriots didn't have a lot of glaring needs, and with none of the top tight ends or running backs left on the board, it's not as if they passed up a top player at a position of need.  Garoppolo is an intriguing prospect who certainly needs time to develop.  He's a luxury pick for a championship contending team, but his selection is a luxury the Patriots can afford.  At this spot, he was also very arguably the best player available.

We'll have more on the selection soon. What do you think of the Patriots' pick? Leave your thoughts below!

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