So I guess, uh, we have to like the Patriots now? New England took both quarterback Jacoby Brissett and offensive lineman Joe Thuney in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night. They are the only NC State players selected through the first three rounds, which is pretty much what was expected up to this point.
I'm a Patriot!! So humbled and thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way #pats— Joseph Thuney (@JosephThuney) April 30, 2016
Thuney has a bright future thanks to his excellent versatility. He not only has the measurables that NFL scouts look for, but he also has the production. (Sometimes they forget about that production part.) He played both guard and tackle well in college, which is no small feat.
Brissett provides the Patriots with some immediate quarterback depth, which might be important since Tom Brady could serve a four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season. In that case, Brissett would likely enter the season as the backup quarterback.
"You've got one of the greatest coaches of all time in Bill Belichick, and you've got Josh McDaniels who's a very good coach, and you've got Tom Brady who you can learn from in every aspect of your life," said Brissett, "so I'm just excited to be a sponge in the room and get around those guys and learn from them."
Best of luck to Jacoby and the Tune Man. Personally I'm bummed it had to be the Patriots, but hey, there's no denying they've been put into an excellent situation right off the bat, and it's hard to ask for more than that.