Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham goes to the Patriots at No. 133.
Bio: A four-star recruit from Stephensville, Texas, Stidham went to Baylor and excelled in 10 games (three starts) as a freshman, throwing for 1,265 yards (68.8 percent completion rate), 12 TDs and two INTs. After Bears head coach Art Briles was fired, he transferred to Auburn, sitting out a year before throwing for 3,158 yards (66.5 percent), 18 TDs and six INTs in 2017. He disappointed some in 2018, totaling 2,794 yards (60.7 percent) with 18 TDs and five INTs.
Analysis: Once looking like a rising star after the 2017 season, Stidham has an above average set of tools and was productive in college. He’s big enough (6-foot-2, 218 pounds), with adequate arm strength, decent mobility (4.81-second 40-yard dash) and above-average accuracy and touch as a thrower. At his best, he is sharp mechanically, reads the field cleanly and can attack short, intermediate and deep with precision.
Stidham’s progress stalled badly in 2018, as he developed a number of bad habits amid poor protection. He shows erratic tendencies under pressure -- failing to go through reads, and putting the ball in harm’s way -- and struggles to recognize blitzes pre-snap and adapt post-snap. His mechanics and accuracy take vacations at times, and his pocket movement is unreliable. Lacking top-tier talent, he’s a developmental prospect for now.