Two more quarterbacks have come off the board, and once again neither is Connor Cook. The New England Patriots used a third round pick to select North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett. The Cleveland Browns picked USC QB Cody Kessler.
The Patriots decision comes following this week's ruling reinstating Tom Brady's 4-game suspension. Barring a reprieve, Brady will miss the first four games, leaving the team with Jimmy Garoppolo as the only QB on the roster. The team could end up eventually trading Garoppolo as well, so adding another developmental prospect makes sense.
The Browns were considered a candidate to take a QB at No. 2, but traded out of the pick and held out until the third round. Robert Griffin III is likely the top QB on their depth chart, but they do not have a long term answer.
All of this is kind of odd as Connor Cook keeps sliding down the draft board. He was projected by many as a second round pick, and suddenly he might not go until day three. The 49ers have been connected to him, but have passed on him thus far. Someone will draft him, but when is the big question.
We ran some QB rankings (excluding Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) among NN readers, and Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook were first and second quarterbacks. They were followed by Dak Prescott, Vernon Adams, Kevin Hogan, Cardale Jones, Christian Hackenberg, and Jacoby Brissett. Here are those results.