Are the Patriots Looking for another potential backup to Tom Brady? According to Chris Steuber of Scout.com, New England is bringing in another for a pre-Draft visit.
Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber has informed Patriots Insider that Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee will visit the New England Patriots on Wednesday. McGee is joins West Virginia's Pat White and Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar as another one of the quarterbacks the Patriots want to get a closer look at.
Projected to be a third-fourth round Draft pick, McGee's visit suggests the Patriots are not quite settled as the reserve quarterback position behind Tom Brady. One concern the team may have is if Brady, reportedly recovering well, has a setback in his rehab from a serious knee injury. After the team opted to trade Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second round Draft pick (34th overall), New England has plenty of options available.
According to Steuber, McGee is most like Tyler Thigpen of the Chiefs, the player Cassel is replacing for the starting job. Though Thigpen played well at times for Kansas City, injuries and the imminent return of former starter Brodie Croyle raises concerns over Thigpen's future as a starter in the Midwest.
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McGee is an athletic quarterback who has the skills to become a quality NFL starter. He has prototypical size, excellent speed and good arm strength. He throws with precision on intermediate routes, but lacks touch on deep throws. He has good footwork and buys time in the pocket with his mobility. He's a threat to run with the ball and displays great toughness. He has to work on his mechanics.
Stephen McGee #7 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs vs Josh Gaines #47 of Penn State Dec 29, 2007 (Photo Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Reading through Steuber's scouting report, maybe a better comparison to McGee is Cassel himself. Good size (6-foot-3, 207), speed, and buys time in the pocked with his mobility.
Certainly, the Patriots were looking for those same traits when they selected Kevin O'Connell in the third round of last year's Draft. Is it possible the Patriots use one of their extra picks in this year's Draft on McGee? They can always use the competition.
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