NFL Draft 2011: Could Greg McElroy Become Tom Brady's Backup in New England?

Mark GainesCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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We all know that Greg McElroy is not getting the hype that Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert are, but his smarts and wits may land him behind one of NFL's best quarterbacks of all time and next to Nick Saban's former boss, Bill Belichick.

Some mock drafts have this as a high probability, some don't. While I am not sure how likely this is to happen, I for one think this could be a great match for both McElroy and the New England Patriots. 

McElroy tweeted today, "Cast off!! Still have to wear a splint for 2 more weeks but at least I have freedom!" With that news coming on the eve of Alabama's Pro Day, everyone still is unsure what abilities he will have during the Pro Day on Wednesday.

McElroy had a great NFL Combine, and in most people's opinions, he improved his stock some. He will go in the fourth or fifth round of the draft, if you ask most experts predicting the picks.

Belichick loves a smart quarterback, and he knows that Tom Brady is at his prime, but also realizes that if an injury occurs, adding McElroy would improve the depth at the QB position for the Patriots.

Belichick has several picks in the first three rounds, so he may just use one of the last ones to pick up a brains-over-brawn QB.

How will McElroy like being a Patriot?

I think he would feel honored and be very satisfied with ending up in Foxborough.

Let us watch what happens tomorrow at Alabama's Pro Day and see where he stands after that. I would love if he became a Patriot, but he could end up elsewhere.