CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry recap Day 2 of the NFL Draft for the Patriots - where their one pick was certainly newsworthy - and look ahead to Day 3.
The big news, of course: The Jimmy Garappolo Era has begun in Foxboro. The quarterback from Eastern Illinois was taken in the second round with the 62nd pick overall.
The heir apparent to Tom Brady? Curran's not so sure.
"He'll be fed into the wood chipper that will be Tom Brady," Curran said. "I don't like the look of this."
Perry said Garoppolo said he's willing to wait to get his shot. And wait a long time.
"Bill [Belichick] said it right off the bat. He's got a lot to learn," Perry said. "We heard from Jimmy on the conference call that he's willing to do it. If it going to take him four years, he's willing to do it. If he doesn't take a snap in four years, he's cool with that."
Curran said Garoppolo also acknowledged the Aaron Rodgers situation, where the QB from Cal "rode sidecar for years" for Brett Favre in Green Bay.
Still, Curran called the situation, "One of the diciest things this franchise will ever have to broach. Life after Tom Brady. That stood out to me."
Said Perry: "It's a big leap when you have to talk about the mortality of Tom Brady. He's not going to play forever. We all know that. But this is the first step in sort of acknowledging that, don't you think?"
It's quite a jump from FCS (formerly Division I-AA) Eastern Illinois to replacing an all-time great.
"Bringing in a guy from Division II football and saying, 'Go beat out the best player to ever played the position' is not only difficult to do for Jimmy Garoppolo, but to live with," Curran said.
Looking ahead to the final day of the draft Saturday, Curran said the Pats still haven't gotten a player that will be on the field at the start of the 2014 season. First-round pick Dominique Easley is still recovering from ACL surgery.
After dealing their third-round pick to the Jaguars, the Patriots now have seven picks remaining: three fourth-rounders (No. 105, 130, 140), three sixth-rounders (No. 179, 198, 206) and a seventh-rounder (No. 244).
Some names to watch: Brandon Coleman, a 6-foot-6 Rutgers receiver; Bruce Ellington, a smaller receiver from South Carolina; Boston College running back Andre Williams and safety Brock Vereen, from Minnesota, brother of Pats running back Shane Vereen.