The Patriots surprised the NFL world by drafting Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe with the 137th pick of the fourth round.
At 6-0 218, Zappe is undersized but athletic. He ran 4.88 forty at the combine. He does a lot of things that Bill Belichick likes. He takes care of the ball, he’s accurate and he plays smart. He also throws a very catchable ball which makes him easy to play with.
Here is my scouting report on Bailey Zappe.
Bailey Zappe 6-0 218, Western Kentucky
Arm Strength: Good arm strength, not great. Has zip on his ball. Zappe can drive it on short and intermediate routes. He shows good touch on out breaking routes. He does struggle to fit it into tight windows however, especially in the middle of the field.
Set Up: Zappe is fluid in his pocket movement. Has quiet, smooth feet. Rhythmic in his drop. Doesn’t waste motion.
Accuracy: Zappe is accurate in all three levels. Throws a catchable ball. He can be a little inconsistent at times because he tries to force the ball into areas he shouldn’t but overall, his ball placement is good.
Field Vision: Zappe does a good job of scanning the field. He played in an RPO heavy offense but when he has to make multiple reads in the drop back game, he can manipulate defenders and get the ball to the open receiver.
Running Ability: Zappe is athletic in and out of the pocket. Has shown he can extend plays and throws a catchable ball on the move. Can be used on designed bootlegs and sprint out passes. He will put the ball where he should.
Delivery: Zappe has a quick delivery but a lot of that is a byproduct of the system he played in at both Houston Baptist and Western Kentucky. Gets the ball quick by decision.
Ball Handling: Zappe does a good job stabbing the ball on RPO’s and pulling it. His ball handling skills overall are pretty good. Does a good job with his play action fakes. Comes off his fake and gets the ball out quickly.
Leadership: Poised. Teammates play for him. A smart guy who was an all academic performer throughout his college career. He knows how to lead both by example and with his play.
Final Thoughts: Zappe projects as back up long term. He’s smart, accurate and takes care of the ball. All traits that matter to Bill Belichick. Drafting him in the forth round was peculiar however. With Mac Jones, Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham already on the roster, spending an early day three pick on a developmental quarterback is an odd decision.