What could the Patriots potentially get for Jimmy Garoppolo? (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
With all the NFL teams in Indianapolis this week for the NFL combine, there is likely to be some buzz on a potential trade for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Teams that are most interested in the quarterback are likely the Browns, Bears, 49ers and Texans.
It will likely take at least a first-round pick and then some to get the Patriots to deal away Garoppolo, and with each passing day the more and more likely it seems this will happen.
The Browns have two first-round picks (No. 1 and No. 12) in addition to having a total of five picks in the first three rounds, so they seem the most logical trading partner. The biggest question is how much can the Patriots actually get for Garoppolo? While it remains unlikely, it is possible the Browns could trade the No. 1 overall pick for him and the 49ers could trade the No. 2 overall pick for him.
It seems crazy, but there reasons behind it.
The quarterback class coming out in the draft isn’t good at all. Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer just don’t seem like franchise quarterbacks. Garoppolo certainly has a better chance to be one than any rookie does, so if a team is set on finding a franchise quarterback, Garoppolo is better than any player they could get at No. 1 or No. 2 overall.
Furthermore, there have been indications the Browns and 49ers would be willing to deal their top picks (not necessarily for Garoppolo, but in general).
In her mailbag posted Sunday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (who is very connected to the Browns franchise) speculated the Browns could actually trade the No. 1 overall pick to the Patriots for Garoppolo. She wrote ideally the team would trade the No. 12 overall pick, but “if it turns into a bidding war and they have to go that high, why not?”
Again, it comes down to Garoppolo being better than any other quarterback in the draft — and by a good margin — so it wouldn’t make the worst sense in the world.
San Fransisco seems open to dealing its No. 2 pick and knows selecting a quarterback with that top pick just for the sake of it isn’t a good way of doing business.
“We could stay pat right there and find a fabulous player, a game-changing player,” general manager John Lynch said via the San Fransisco Chronicle. “It gives us a lot of flexibility to do some other things if we chose to be bold. There are going to be people that covet the pick we have, so there’s going to be some people that want to move up.”
“The worst mistakes you can make is you take a guy who isn’t that good of a player, or worthy of that,” head coach Kyle Shanahan added. “The expectations change. You put a guy in a position that is really unfair to him and you set your organization back. And then you’re trying to commit to a guy who … shouldn’t have been put in that position.”
From this viewpoint, the bidding for Garoppolo will never get to be this high, especially considering he’s a backup and has only started two NFL games, but with how valuable good quarterbacks are in the league, never say never.