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The New England Patriots made somewhat of a surprising selection Saturday by drafting Bailey Zappe with the 137th overall pick.

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Zappe set FBS records by accumulating 5,967 passing yards and 62 passing touchdowns with Western Kentucky last season.

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Yet it’s somewhat curious of New England to take a passer in the fourth round a year after snagging Mac Jones in the opening round.

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Yet it’s somewhat curious of New England to take a passer in the fourth round a year after snagging Mac Jones in the opening round.

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“You put on the film of Bailey Zappe and it’s hard not to like him,” Groh said. “It’s a lot of completions, it’s a lot of touchdown passes, and it’s a lot of wins. This guy is a winner, the way he’s able to lead and command his team.”

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Groh said teams lacking quarterback depth are “going to be in real trouble” and preached the importance of having multiple options because

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“you never know when those guys are going to be needed.” That led the Patriots to take an approach not as commonly executed in the NFL.

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Just like a college program that might bring in a highly recruited quarterback one year, you can’t really afford to skip a year.

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You’ve got to have plenty of talent there at that position, and we had an opportunity to add Bailey and tried to add some good value to the quarterback position.”

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He made no promises for Zappe beating out 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham or long-time veteran Brian Hoyer for a roster spot, but Groh said the team simply wanted a prospect they like.

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There’s always value in having good players on your team,” Groh said, “and Bailey is a good player and he’s going to add value to our team

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It’s going to be up to him to kind of carve out what role that is here initially and then going forward.

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It’s not necessarily a new approach for the Patriots, who drafted 10 quarterbacks during Tom Brady’s legendary run with the franchise.

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Jones is still entrenched as the starter after a solid rookie season, and this is likely just another case of the organization being unafraid of unconventional decisions.