I saw some discussion about this in the PreSeason thread and thought it deserved it's own. Why did the Patriots take Mallet? Value. BB saw potential in Mallet and knows he can turn him into a good QB. Would anyone else in the 3rd round provide as much value? No. 1. In a few years, Brady may be ready to retire. 2. If Brady gets hurt, Mallet can step in and play. 3. If neither of the above happen, remember that the Eagles got a 2nd rounder AND Dominique Rogers-Cromartie for Kevin Kolb. QB's hold high trade value because a good QB is rare, and teams are desperate for them.