Meet Tom Brady's successor, Jimmy Garoppolo

The past few years, when the New England Patriots drafted quarterbacks like Matt Cassel or Ryan Mallett, it never seemed like they would be Tom Brady's successor. Brady still had many years left and the other quarterbacks weren't drafted that high.

But Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo might be the guy to become that trivia answer.

Garoppolo was taken by New England with the 62nd overall pick, near the end of the second round. That's the highest the Patriots have drafted a quarterback since Brady become the starter. Brady is going to be 37 in August. Do the math.
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This Nov. 2, 2013 file photo shows Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA football game against Tennessee Tech at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Ill. His (12-1), Panthers are getting ready to play Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals against Towson. And they have in Jimmy Garoppolo , a quarterback who has rewritten the Panther and Ohio Valley Conference record books and is probably headed to the NFL

FILE - This Nov. 2, 2013 file photo shows Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA football game against Tennessee Tech at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Ill. His (12-1), Panthers are getting ready to play Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals against Towson. And they have in Jimmy Garoppolo , a quarterback who has rewritten the Panther and Ohio Valley Conference record books and is probably headed to the NFL. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

2014 NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21: Former Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is congratulated after being selected as the 62nd pick by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Friday, May 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and former New England Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest after being selected as the 62nd pick by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Friday, May 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reacts after being selected as the 62nd pick by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Friday, May 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo tries out his putting skills during an NFL event in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The event was to promote Play 60, an NFL program which encourages kids to be active for a healthy life. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sits on the bench before run the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

2014 NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Former Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo takes part in the broad jump during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)