In what was another surprising pick by Bill Belichick, the Patriots added another quarterback in the NFL draft.
On Friday, the team selected Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe in the fourth round with the No. 137 overall pick. Last season, Zappe set Football Bowl Subdivision records by throwing for 5,967 passing yards to go with 62 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The 6-0, 215-pound Zappe spent his first four seasons at Houston Baptist before transferring to Western Kentucky.
This marks the second-straight year that the Patriots drafted a quarterback after selecting Mac Jones in the first round last season. Zappe becomes the fourth quarterback on the roster and will battle with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham for the top backup role on the Patriots.
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With Jones entrenched as the starter, Zappe’s selection provides depth at the most important position on the Patriots’ roster. Hoyer turns 37 years old this season, while Stidham is entering the final year of his contract. By adding Zappe, it’s more than likely that Stidham’s days in New England are numbered.