Patriots QB – Bailey Zappe – 2022 Draft, Pick 137
Q: Where were you when you got the call and what was your first reaction when you got drafted?
BZ: Yes sir. I was at home in Victoria, Texas with my family when I got the call. It’s surreal and a dream come true. I can’t wait to get up there and get to work.
Q: What do you know about Mac Jones and this QB room?
BZ: He’s a phenomenal quarterback. He’s a great QB, just like the rest of the QBs in this room. I’m really looking forward to learning from these three guys and getting up there, meeting them and doing whatever I can to help the team. I’m really excited about this opportunity.
Q: How surprised were you to hear the Patriots say that many weren’t expecting a quarterback this year?
BZ: Everything was going to be a surprise when I got drafted. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long and it’s something I’ve been dreaming about ever since I started playing football at age five. Getting that call from the Patriots was amazing, and I’m more excited to get there, get to work and meet my teammates, meet everyone in the organization and get ready to start playing football.
Q: What were your pre-draft conversations like with the Patriot team?
BZ: I got to talk to a lot of teams and really talk to everyone throughout the Senior Bowl and the Combine. This whole process has been amazing, and it’s been a dream come true to build relationships with so many people. I’m really excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to face the Patriots and get to work.
Q: What specific things did you discuss with the Patriots during the Combine and the Senior Bowl?
BZ: It was like any other interview. We talked about the ball, talked about the background, and came up with an idea and started building that relationship really with each team. That’s how it happened. I like to keep these conversations private between me and the coaches and scouts. I can’t wait to get up there and get to work.
Q: How would you describe your game day preparation process?
BZ: The majority is watching the movie, getting into the theater, doing whatever you can to learn and keep growing and obviously helping the team win. That’s the most important thing is to win. My mindset coming into this organization is to do everything I can to help the team win. I can’t wait to get there and get to work.
Q: What are your greatest strengths as a player and passer?
BZ: There is a lot of room to grow. As a member of this organization, there will be opportunities for me to get to that point and grow as a QB. I think some of the strengths are, I love football, I love learning about the game, my knowledge of the game, continuing to work on precise ball placement like every QB wants to work. By being part of this organization, I will be able to learn from so many coaches and players. I’m excited to step into the QB room and work with them.
Q: How have you been living for the past two years?
BZ: Nothing less than a dream come true. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about ever since I started playing. To be in that position, get the phone call, get drafted, and say I’m an NFL quarterback is surreal to me.
Q: What do you think about having only one university offer?
BZ: Coming out, I only had one offer. I always dreamed of playing in the NFL. I felt like I just needed one opportunity and I got it. To be here and look back has been a long and fun journey. Like I said, it was a dream come true to be in that position, to be drafted by the Patriots, a great organization, it’s surreal to me. There is still a lot of work to do from now on, and I can’t wait for this start, and I want to get to work.
Q: Do you play with a chip on your shoulder?
BZ: I continue to be myself. I’m not trying to be someone else. I will come to work every day and be one percent better. That’s how I see it. I don’t worry too much about naysayers and critics. The Patriots believe in me, and these coaches, players and organization believed in me and these are the people I’m going to try to prove right, that this choice was the right one.