Crazier things have happened. But not for the Patriots. Not during the NFL Draft. And certainly not in the first round.
If the Patriots were to select a quarterback with the No. 29 pick in the upcoming draft, it would signal that they have a contingency plan -- and perhaps even a timetable -- set for when they make the move from Tom Brady to a new signal-caller.
It would be a watershed moment in the franchise's existence, and it's exactly what our pal Josh Norris of Rotoworld has happening in his latest mock draft.
29. New England Patriots: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville - Crazier things have happened. Bridgewater wins in similar ways to Tom Brady, namely pocket movement, eye level, and dominating the short to intermediate levels of the field. The team’s offensive dynamic would not need to be changed when Teddy takes over.
As Norris sees it, Bridgewater's selection would make sense in that his style would make an inevitably high-profile shift as seamless as possible.
Given the disparity in opinion on quarterbacks in this year's draft -- particularly Bridgewater, who has reportedly been "shaky" in his pre-draft work with NFL teams -- it may be one of the few times that the Patriots have the opportunity to draft a top-level talent late in the first round.
Since that's where they'll likely continue to pick over the next few years as long as Brady and coach Bill Belichick are at the tops of their games, it may make sense to pounce if it's decided that the value Bridgewater provides is too good to pass on.
For Bridgewater to make it all the way to No. 29 without being selected would require teams like the Texans, Jaguars, Browns, Vikings and others with potentially glaring needs at quarterback to pass on him -- a monumental fall for a quarterback who was once widely projected to be the first quarterback taken in 2014.
Bridgewater is reportedly visiting with the Vikings on Tuesday after working out for the team over the weekend.