The New England Patriots may have Tom Brady at the helm and Ryan Mallett serving as his back up, but that doesn’t mean the team won’t be interested in adding more depth to the position during the 2014 NFL Draft.
In fact, there appears to be a growing belief around the league that the Patriots will select a quarterback “at some point” in the draft, according to insider Tony Pauline.
One player specifically mentioned in Pauline’s report was Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas.
“They expect to lose Ryan Mallett at the end of next season, hence the interest in Thomas,” Pauline wrote.
Thomas is a developmental prospect that has a lot of physical talents, but he has struggled to find consistency and needs to fine tune his skills. If the draft was built on raw skill set alone, Thomas would likely be a first-round pick.
Brady isn’t getting any younger and the Patriots need to start thinking about the future now, so snagging a player like Thomas in the mid-to-late rounds could allow them to ride it out with Brady while slowly bringing along his successor and making sure he gets the valuable coaching that he needs before being thrown to the fire.