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:
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.