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NFL roundup: Is Jimmy G worth a first-round pick?

The New England Patriots are asking for a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft for Jimmy Garoppolo, but is he worth it?

Jimmy Garoppolo has started three games in his NFL career, tossing five touchdowns against zero interceptions. With Tom Brady fulled entrenched as the team’s quarterback, the New England Patriots may be willing to trade Jimmy G in exchange for a first-round draft pick in this April’s draft. The reason question is whether or not he is worth such a high price considering he has only played in a few games in his career.

While he has looked good in the past, teams have to be worried considering what Brock Osweiler has become for the Houston Texans. The Cleveland Browns have two first-round picks in 2017 and could make a trade for the No. 12 pick and still hang on to the first overall selection. Garoppolo looks to have all the tools to play at the next level, but the real question will be who is going to take a shot.

One quarterback who should be locked into a long-term deal is Kirk Cousins, who has blossomed into a legitimate franchise QB in his two years as the team’s starter. Cousins was given the franchise tag last year, as the team was hoping he would produce with the same consistency this season. Cousins had another solid season in 2016, and though he may be franchised again, there is no doubt that he has won over his teammates and fans in Washington.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have brought in some new faces to head the organization, and they made their first big splash on Tuesday. Abry Jones was signed to a four-year/$16 million dollar deal with the team, earning the big payday after being very productive in nine starts last season. The Jaguars were expected to do big things in 2016 but fell way short, and will be looking to right the ship in 2017.

Over in Seattle, the Seahawks were a bit coy with the injury status of cornerback Richard Sherman this past season. However, once head coach Pete Carroll let the cat out of the bag that he was playing with a bum MCL, the NFL took notice. On Tuesday the NFL let the organization know that there could be penalties for withholding the information, which would not be the first time the Carroll-led Seahawks have been penalized by the league.

Now for some funny news out of Atlanta. An Atlanta Zoo made a bet to name one of its animals after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady if the Pats beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, the animal got its name, though the funniest part was what animal it was. The zoo named a cockroach after Brady, who brought his team back from a 25-point deficit in the second half against the Falcons to earn his record fifth Super Bowl title.