Patriots beat reporter Evan Lazar thinks New England could be a likely destination for West Virginia quarterback prospect Will Grier. Many draft analysts have already projected that Grier and Belichick could be a good fit.
Is this the year that the Patriots finally take a swing at finding Brady's replacement? New England is arguably the most ideal landing spot for any quarterback prospect. With Brady behind the helm showing no signs of slowing down, a rookie signal-caller would have time to be groomed under the tutelage of the GOAT.
#WestVirginia QB Will Grier will be linked to the #Patriots often. First thing that stands out: beautiful touch, accuracy and timing on deep balls. Combined with the clutch gene on this one. Look at the time and score. pic.twitter.com/eQwFVXcwXm— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) February 21, 2019
Grier is projected by most draft analysts as a mid-round prospect, with ESPN's Mel Kiper ranking Grier as his No. 5 overall QB in this years class. Top prospects like Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are likely to come off the board sooner.
Grier is a developmental starter. 3-4 round sweet spot. He throws a very catchable ball. Above average accuracy and great touch. He's got some warts, though. Ball security, a long release, footwork under pressure or on the move. He's got some developing to do. #NFLDraft— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) February 21, 2019
If Grier potentially slips to Round 3 or later, expect the Patriots to pull the trigger. The former starter at West Virginia displays great accuracy and touch on his throws, and as Lazar points out, can be clutch when he needs to.
Despite popular belief, Brady is not immortal. It will suit the Patriots best to get ahead of the curve on finding a future franchise quarterback.