Whether the Patriots draft a quarterback or not, they need a veteran presence in the QB room. If they use a first round pick on a quarterback, Mariota would be as good of a bridge option as they’ll find, who can run the offense until that player is ready. And if they want to wait another year, he does offer some upside, while bringing many of the dynamic elements the team got from Cam Newton last year. The former second overall pick is in the last year of his deal, with a cap hit of just $11 million.