Which quarterbacks stand out from Patriots perspective at 2020 NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
February 25, 2020 - 4:00 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tuesday was the first day of media availability at the NFL Combine and three of the skill positions spoke -- quarterback, tight end and wide receiver.

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Having selected Jarrett Stidham last season, and even if Tom Brady departs, quarterback isn't that big of a need, but it still would not be a surprise to see the Patriots select one in the draft, particularly in the middle rounds.

The class is loaded at the top, but a few can be found in the middle-to-late rounds.

Here are five names to keep an eye on from a New England perspective.

Jordan Love, Utah State -- If Love were to go to the Patriots they would have to select him in Round 1, and also likely have him fall to them at No. 23 overall. He's very athletic and has an extremely strong arm. As a junior this past season, Love completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,402 yards with 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. mocked Love to the Patriots in his latest mock draft. Additionally, he said Tuesday he met with the Patriots in Indy.

Jake Fromm, Georgia -- Fromm is a bit of a wild card where some believe he could potentially go late in the first round, while others believe he could fall to the third round. If he were to go to the Patriots the latter would need to be true. Fromm had a great career at Georgia, including throwing for 2,860 yards, 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions this past fall. He has met with the Patriots this week and could have further contact down the road.

Jacob Eason, Washington -- This is not the son of former NFL quarterback Tony, who played for the Patriots in the 80s, but he's a player the Patriots could potentially target with one of their third-round selections. Eason started his career at Georgia, but then transferred to Washington after his freshman year and had to sit out the 2018 season. Known for his strong arm, he threw for over 3,000 yards this past season to go along with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Eason has also met with New England in Indy.

Cole McDonald, Hawaii -- McDonald threw the ball a ton at Hawaii and could be a player the Patriots take a shot on late in the draft. He led his team to a 10-5 record this fall as a junior when he threw for over 4,000 yards. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Patriots to have another training camp arm, with or without Brady on the roster.

Jake Luton, Oregon State -- He would be another late-round selection, but he has met with the Patriots this week. He said at that meeting the team asked how he would feel about replacing Brady. The 6-foot-7 quarterback threw for 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns and three interceptions last season with Oregon State.

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