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Why there's a downside for Patriots to Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Ryan Hannable
December 11, 2017 - 10:37 am

It seems everyone in New England has been rooting hard for Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco, especially given he's won his first two starts with his new team.

The 49ers started the year 0-9, but are now 3-10 due in large part to Garoppolo. This is actually a bad thing for the Patriots.

At the trade deadline the Patriots traded Garoppolo to the 49ers in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick. The thought was this would be one of the first few picks of the second round, but that is changing by the week with the success Garoppolo is having.

Going into this past week, the Patriots would have had the second pick in the second round, but with the 49ers win and the Giants loss, that pick is now the third of the second round and No. 35 overall.

At 3-10, the 49ers are tied with the Colts for the third-to-worst record in the NFL, but there are four teams a game ahead of them at 4-9, which means with three games left a lot can happen, and if Garoppolo keeps on winning with the 49ers, the Patriots' pick in the second round could be as close to No. 40 overall. This isn't what the Patriots were thinking when they made the trade in late October.

So while it's good to see Garoppolo having success, it is starting to impact the Patriots' draft pick next year.

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