Jarrett Stidham & Clayton Thorson Meeting With Patriots & Panthers

     

According to Tom Pelissero, the Patriots and Panthers will both host both Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham and Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson for pre-draft visits. 

The Patriots appear to be checking out the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class to find a successor to Tom Brady, while the Panthers are looking for a reliable backup to Cam Newton.

The Patriots have also shown interest in West Virginia QB Will Grier and Duke QB Daniel Jones, while the Panthers have reportedly also checked out Grier. 

Stidham, 22, came into his final season at Auburn as one of the top quarterback prospects and a possible first-round pick. However, he had a disappointing year that included declines in all of the major statistical categories.

As of now, the expectation is that Stidham will likely be a mid-round pick in the 2019 draft. 

During his college career at Baylor and Auburn, Stidham completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 6,844 yards, 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions to go along with a quarterback rating of 147.6 over the course of three seasons and 36 games. He also rushed for 218 yards and nine touchdowns.

Thorson, 6-4, 226lb, was a four-year starter at Northwestern. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein has compared him to Packers backup QB DeShone Kizer.

Thorson is considered to be a mid-round pick by some draft analysts.

During his four-year college career at Northwestern, Thorson threw for 10,731 yards while completing 58.4 percent of his passes to go along with 61 touchdowns and 45 interceptions over the course of 53 games. 

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