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Patriots.com Draft Profile: QB Jarrett Stidham

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Round 4, Pick No. 31 (133 overall): Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

Hometown: Stephenville, Texas

STRENGTHS

Has size and arm strength to compete at NFL level. … Showed ability to read defenses on a consistent basis. … Throws well on the run and performed well off play action and designed rollouts. … Showed excellent mechanics and footwork. … Comfortable working through every level of the defense. … Was productive at times as a runner and scrambled effectively, particularly in 2017. … Likes the back shoulder throws and was effective doing so.

WEAKNESSES

Mechanics and decision-making can break down when under pressure, as was the case for much of 2018. … Tends to try to escape the pocket under pressure rather than keeping his eyes downfield. … Timing throws occasionally are a problem. … Accuracy and arm strength were problems at times in 2018. … Struggles when forced to create and dictate the action. … Poise will need to improve under pressure.

PERSONAL

Began career at Baylor, starting three games as a freshman before transferring following the firing of coach Art Briles. … Spent 2016 taking online course at McLennan CC. … Played middle school football with Alabama running back and Patriots third-round pick Damien Harris growing up in Kentucky before moving to Texas. … Received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts and is pursuing a second degree in interdepartmental studies. … Threw for 6,516 yards and 80 TDs at Stephenville (Texas) High School. Also rushed for 1,790 yards and 20 TDs. … Earned all-district honors in basketball and also ran track in high school. … Twitter handle is @Jarrett_Stidham.

COMPARABLE NFL PLAYER

A.J. McCarron, QB, Houston: McCarron is a well-traveled backup who has shown some ability when given a chance to start. Stidham has a similar skill set.

BY THE NUMBERS

Passing

Table inside Article
YEAR GP COMP. ATT. PCT. YDS. TD INT.
*2015 10 75 109 68.8 1,265 12 2
2017 14 246 370 66.5 3,158 18 6
2018 13 224 369 60.7 2,794 18 5
Totals 37 545 848 64.3 7,217 48 13

*- at Baylor

Rushing

Table inside Article
YEAR ATT. YDS. AVG. TD
*2015 36 70 1.9 2
2017 103 153 1.5 4
2018 72 1 0.0 3
Totals 211 224 1.1 9

*-at Baylor

WORKOUT NUMBERS

Table inside Article
STIDHAM COMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height 6-2 6-3
Weight 218 221
40 Yards 4.81 4.78
Vertical Jump 31.0 31.4
Long Jump 9-2 9-6
Shuttle 7.28 4.30
Cone 4.33 7.11

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

The Patriots did a lot of work on Stidham leading up to the draft and, according to reports, they got the Day 3 guy they wanted. Learning behind Tom Brady should benefit a guy looking to regain his 2017 form. Mark Dulgerian, NFL.com

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