One of the positions the New England Patriots are projected to address during the NFL draft is quarterback. With Tom Brady turning 41 in August and backup Brian Hoyer no long-term option to lead the franchise, the team might opt to invest one of its currently seven draft picks in another player to groom at the position à la Jimmy Garoppolo, who was the backup for three-and-a-half seasons before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
One of the quarterbacks reportedly on New England's radar is Princeton product Chad Kanoff, who is projected to become a late-round selection or priority free agent later this month: According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, the team sent assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski to conduct a private workout with the 6'4, 219 lbs passer.
Kanoff is coming off a spectacular season that capped a productive four-year career at Princeton: He completed 284 of 388 passing attempts for 3,474 yards while setting the Ivy League's record for single-season completion percentage (73.2%). Kanoff, who threw 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2017, was voted the conference's offensive player of the year and the unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy League at quarterback.
As noted above, Kanoff will not hear his name called on the first two days of the draft – if at all. Still, he brings ideal size and proven productivity to the table and would therefore be an intriguing player to work with for offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels as well as the aforementioned Schuplinski. But even with Kanoff an option, chances are the team invests in a quarterback with one of its earlier picks as well.