Pick No. 133- Jarrett Stidham (QB) Auburn. Draft Grade: C-
This is another pick that left me quite confused. Of all the QB’s available in the back end of this draft, Bill Belichick decided to go with Auburn project Jarret Stidham. I want to be excited about this pick, but I can’t.
Before the draft, I watched an extensive amount film on all the drafts QB’s, and Stidham was my 11th ranked QB on the board. Going into the season, I was high on Stidham for sure. He showed a lot of potential in his Junior season, and I was excited to see how that would translate to his senior campaign. It’s safe to say that it didn’t.
Stidham was simply all over the place with some of his ball placement. He didn’t scan the field particularly well and looked reckless at times despite just throwing 5 interceptions.
I’ve heard a lot of slander on Gus Malzone’s system being the reason Stidham didn’t succeed, but I scoff at that notion. Guys like Nick Marshall were able to look like superstars in the system, so just because it wasn’t a perfect scheme fit, didn’t mean it should have excused his mediocre play.
Brett Rypien and Easton Stick were on the board still, and I have much more faith in them. Stidham may have good arm talent but has little real starter potential. This is just as good as Ryan Mallett being the backup, someone young that you know will never actually be good enough to be Brady’s successor.