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