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Patriots Draft Record-Breaking QB Bailey Zappe In Fourth Round

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl - Western Kentucky v Appalachian State

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 18: Bailey Zappe #4 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers throws a pass against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the first half of the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium on December 18, 2021 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

In a surprising turn of events, the New England Patriots have decided to use one of their Day 3 selections on a quarterback. Moments ago, the Patriots selected Western Kentucky signal-caller Bailey Zappe with the 137th pick.

Zappe had 5,967 passing yards and 62 touchdown passes in his final season of college football, setting multiple FBS passing records in the process. For what it's worth, he also had the top score on the Wonderlic test out of any quarterback in this year's draft.

While there's no denying that Zappe is an intriguing prospect, it's shocking to see the Patriots take a quarterback this early. After all, they just drafted Mac Jones last year.

Jones played well as a rookie, completing 67.6 percent of his passes with 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Perhaps the Patriots believe Zappe can develop into a solid backup behind Jones.

NFL fans have also pointed out that New England chose Zappe over Sam Howell. Most analysts had Howell ranked ahead of him.

At the very least, the selection of Zappe puts Jarrett Stidham on notice. He'll have to play well in training camp to keep his spot on the roster.

Only time will tell if the Patriots' decision to select Zappe was a wise one.