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5 QBs the New England Patriots Should Think About Drafting

5 Quarterbacks the New England Patriots Should Think About Drafting

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Tom Brady only has about two years left at the top of the NFL quarterback food chain and with rumors surrounding the whereabouts of backup Ryan Mallett, it would be wise of the New England Patriots to select a signal caller in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick won't be selecting big-namers like Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel, so they will be limited to what looks like third-rounders, sleepers and possibly undrafted arms.

5. Tajh Boyd

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5 Tajh Boyd

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At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Tajh Boyd has strong passing numbers. As a senior for Clemson last year, Boyd tossed for 3,851 yards and 34 touchdowns, setting the ACC mark for all-time touchdown passes along the way. His only knock is the amount of picks he threw, with tallied 13.

4. Zach Mettenberger

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4. Zach Mettenberger

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Zach Mettenberger did not exactly have the stellar college career he sought after when he started in 2009. After getting the boot from Mark Richt's squad for a violation of team rules, the 6-foot-5 Mettenberger landed at LSU, but posted solid numbers during his senior year (3,082 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, eight interceptions). His size is his best attribute, but he did bust his ACL in the Tigers' final regular-season game.

3. Jordan Lynch

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3. Jordan Lynch

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A poor man's Julian Edelman? Although the spark plug of the New England offense re-signed for four years, Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois has similar potential. He won't see any action behind center, but the NCAA's best running quarterback and 2013 Heisman finalist could translate into a wide receiver under Tom Brady 's guidance. Low risk, high upside.

2. Aaron Murray

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2. Aaron Murray

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The four-year starter for between the hedges, Aaron Murray would have been a first-round draft pick had he entered following his junior season. Rather, the SEC's all-time leading passer tore his ACL on senior day, but that won't be worrisome with Tom Brady playing at least three more years to groom the Georgia Bulldog.

1. A.J. McCarron

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1. A.J. McCarron

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A.J. McCarron never was the best passer, only tossing for over 3,000 yards once in college (3,063 his senior year), but is the best candidate to succeed Brady. He already has experienced the criticism he will see in Foxboro while at Alabama by following the footsteps of Greg McElroy. The latter led the Tide to a national title in 2010, yet McCarron answered his predecessor's exit with two-consecutive national titles.