The New England Patriots have had an interesting 2022 NFL Draft to this point.

The team took Tennessee-Chattanooga offensive lineman Cole Strange with the 29th overall pick, which many saw as a bit of a reach, including Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead, who publicly criticized the pick.

Things have not changed on Day 3, as the team seemingly made another surprising move when they took quarterback Bailey Zappe out of Western Kentucky with their 137th overall pick.

Many around the NFL world are certainly critical of the pick considering the team just took quarterback Mac Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and believe that the Patriots have far more pressing needs over another backup quarterback.

Others are confused that the Patriots went with Zappe over North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, who is seen by most draft experts as a far better NFL prospect.

Zappe is best well known for his 2021 season at Western Kentucky, which was truly historic.

In his one season at the program, he set the NCAA record for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season, throwing for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns.

Zappe also tested as the best quarterback in the draft class in the Wonderlic test, which is a test of quarterbacks’ mental and cognitive abilities.

This selection also most likely means that the team does not feel that former 2019 draft pick Jarrett Stidham is a capable backup and that he may be a candidate to be cut or traded before the 2022 season.

[New England Patriots]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.