Others to watch: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Others to watch: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) throws a pass against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Jarrett Stidham’s NFL dream is coming true — with the New England Patriots.

The former Auburn quarterback was taken by the Patriots in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. He was taken as the No. 133 pick in the draft, and will join Tom Brady’s quarterback room at New England.

Stidham etched his name in Auburn record books in two seasons on the Plains, helping to guide the Tigers to the SEC Championship Game in 2017, and closing his collegiate career with a win in the Music City Bowl to end 2018 shortly after announcing he’d be forgoing his senior season and chasing his future in pro football.

He left the Plains as one of the most prolific passers to ever play at Auburn.

He stands as the Tigers’ third-leading quarterback in career passing yards, behind only Stan White and Jason Campbell. He’s just the second Auburn quarterback to have ever thrown for 3,000 yards in a single season, after Dameyune Craig. His 48 career touchdown passes puts him second behind only Pat Sullivan on that list.

All told, he stands among legends on campus.

Stidham joins fellow former Tigers Jonathan Jones and Brandon King on the Patriots roster.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn called the pick “the steal of the draft” in his congratulations to his former quarterback on Twitter.

Chip Lindsey called Stidham a “great young man” — the former Auburn offensive coordinator chiming in from his new post as head coach at Troy.

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