In QB Jarrett Stidham, Patriots have bought a fourth-round lottery ticket

Stidham will now challenge Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling for the top backup job behind Brady in 2019.

Stidham, chosen with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round, has developable traits.

The Patriots certainly have options when it comes to finding Brady's eventual replacement, and perhaps Stidham will be able to develop into a franchise quarterback in New England.

The 6-foot-2 Stidham declared a year early for the draft after playing the last two seasons at Auburn after transferring in from Baylor. The Patriots selected Cowart with the 159th overall pick in the draft and the 21st selection in the fifth round. He threw for 5,952 yards on 63.6% completion for 36 touchdowns to 11 interceptions during his two years under center for the Tigers.

"Shoot, I'm extremely excited", Stidham told reporters on Saturday.

With Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP, still under center for at least a few more years, Stidham will have plenty of time to learn from the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer. "I couldn't think of a better situation". He went from being a mobile QB with good mechanics with confidence to step up under pressure highlighted in a win over Alabama in 2017.

South quarterback Jarrett Stidham of Auburn (8) passing during the South squad 2019 Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

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