NC State QB: Learning from Tom Brady, Patriots would be ‘dream come true'


There's no better quarterback to learn from than New England Patriots star Tom Brady, and one lucky QB in the 2019 NFL Draft could be fortunate enough to get that opportunity.

The Patriots enter the 2019 NFL Draft with several different positional needs, most notably tight end, offensive and defensive lines, as well as wide receiver. Another area that could be addressed is quarterback. The Patriots still don't have a real successor to Brady, who despite coming off his sixth Super Bowl victory is still 41 years old. 

One potential fit for the Patriots in the middle rounds is North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley, who was recently asked on NFL Network what it would be like to be drafted by New England. It's safe to say he'd be pretty happy with that outcome.

"Obviously, that would be a dream come true for me, going and just being able to learn from Tom Brady and just being able to have somebody of that caliber mentor you," Finley said. "I think that's what all of us quarterbacks are looking for. Just a great situation to learn and continue to grow as players. Obviously, learning from Tom and a number of other guys in the league would be really a blessing."

Finley completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,928 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a senior for the Wolfpack last season. projects Finley as a third-round pick. The Patriots have three third-round selections (Nos. 73, 97 and 101), so it wouldn't hurt to take a chance on a quarterback at that stage of the draft.

The Patriots reportedly held visits with a few other quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class, including West Virginia's Will Grier and Duke's Daniel Jones.

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