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After so many years of success and Super Bowl victories leading the Patriots, it's hard to imagine a world without Tom Brady as the starting quarterback in New England. But all things must come to an end at some point, and NFL franchises and their general managers often recognize this better than anyone.
Tom Brady himself can attest to this type of proactive action when it comes to the NFL Draft, considering he was drafted while another Patriots' great, Drew Bledsoe, was running the show in New England.
With that being said, let's take a look at the list of quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft that could repeat the cycle of history in New England as Brady's potential successor for the Patriots.
3. Will Grier, West Virginia
Will Grier is yet another QB project that should be available on the second day of this year's NFL Draft. But that doesn't mean teams are sleeping on his potential. Similar to Brady, Grier has made a living from the pocket using his great arm strength to hit receivers downfield with accuracy. In his two seasons with the Mountaineers, Grier tossed for a combined 71 passing TDs and 7,354 passing yards with just 20 interceptions.
2. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Jarrett Stidham's path to the 2019 NFL Draft was far from conventional. Stidham began his collegiate career as the starting QB for Baylor in 2015, but the 22-year-old pocket passer was taking snaps at McLennan Community College in 2016 before he broke out as a transfer QB at Auburn in 2017-18. Stidham's NFL Combine measurements are also strikingly similar to those of Aaron Rodgers, as they both share the exact same height (6' 2"), hand size (9 3/8") and broad jump (110"). Stidham is also within five pounds of Rodgers' 223-pound frame, 0.25 inches from his 32.25-inch arm length, 0.1 seconds off his 40-yard dash and 0.01 seconds off his 4.33-second 20-yard shuffle. Drafting a Rodgers physical clone probably wouldn't be a bad move for the Pats.
1. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
Following a sophomore season that saw 21 touchdowns and 3,798 yards of total offense in 2016-17, Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald was being heralded as a Heisman hopeful and future NFL QB. However, after regressing during his junior campaign which included a season-ending ankle injury in the last game of the regular season, Fitzgerald vanished from both Heisman and NFL Draft radars heading into his senior season. Fitzgerald's athleticism and 6' 5", 230-pound frame scream NFL potential and perhaps all he needs is the proper coaching at the next level to unlock it. Plus, learning behind a future Hall of Famer isn't a bad place to be. Given some analysts are projecting Fitzgerald could fall as late as the sixth round of this draft, the Mississippi State product could also enter the NFL with the same sort of chip on his shoulder as Brady did as the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
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