To the surprise of fans, analysts and broadcasters, the New England Patriots hosted two top-notch quarterbacks for a visit on Wednesday. Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were in Foxborough this week and one can only wonder why. These college studs will be taken long before the Patriots have a chance to draft … unless they trade up to pick one of them.
Yes, Tom Brady will be 37 before the 2014 season starts and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. However, he and Peyton Manning are guys who never hit the ground and can play at least another 3-4 years. I believe the Patriots’ backup quarterback, Ryan Mallett, will want a chance to start before Brady retires. So Brady won’t be around, and if you ask me, neither will Mallett.
Knowing all that, the Patriots will need to draft and groom another franchise quarterback within the next half-decade. I don’t think this year is the year to do so. Manziel and Bridgewater were amazing in college, but Manziel has off-field issues and is of the stature of Drew Brees, and Bridgewater isn’t built much bigger than Michael Vick. He is three inches taller than Vick, but is still very skinny.
That said, the Patriots still hosted Manziel and Bridgewater, so we all have to wonder what’s up. Speculation has it that this could have been a future scouting move, whether it be in terms of playing against one of the two, or trading up to draft one of them. One way or another, Bill Belichick has something up his sleeve as always — I just hope it’s not trading up for a quarterback.