Orlovsky: Pats should target this CJ Stroud-like QB in draft

Orlovsky: Pats should target this CJ Stroud-like QB in draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The New England Patriots will have a chance to draft their next franchise quarterback in April. The question is, which QB should they hope falls in their lap at the No. 3 overall pick?

USC’s Caleb Williams, UNC’s Drake Maye, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels are the consensus top three QBs in the class. Williams is widely expected to be taken first off the board, so the Patriots will likely choose between Maye or Daniels at No. 3 if they’re set on selecting a signal-caller.

On a new episode of the Next Pats Podcast, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky shared who he would take if he were in charge of the Patriots’ draft and why.

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“Right now in the first week of February, my initial thought is Jayden Daniels,” Orlovsky told hosts Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran.

“I’ve called basically all these guys’ games outside of Caleb. The reason I say Jayden is I called a couple of games early in the 2022 season and down at LSU, there was this at least internal thought of like, ‘Are we gonna move on from Jayden Daniels?’ Were they gonna bench him? ‘Cause there was concern that he was so hesitant, that he wasn’t trusting anything. And to see where it went from there to obviously how this season went for him, you’re intrigued by the mental toughness and also you got to see when he is comfortable, that talent shine.”

Orlovsky’s NFL comparison for Daniels is intriguing. He likens the LSU product’s skill set to that of Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud, who’s coming off a strong rookie campaign in which he led Houston to an improbable playoff berth.

“I had to do a couple tapes three or four weeks ago, so I watched a couple of his games. I’m not saying he’s this guy, but when I watched the games, the overwhelming thought was pure as a passer from the pocket. It’s the same thought…


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Publish date : 2024-02-08 22:20:40

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