FOXBOROUGH -- Heading into the 2018 NFL draft, the Patriots have few pressing needs. They could stand to add an offensive tackle, a linebacker, and a young quarterback to groom behind Tom Brady. But the Pats won't lock themselves into targeting these specific positions. Bill Belichick: Patriots Are 99 Percent Finished With Draft Prep "The whole draft need thing is, I don't really understand that," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said during Friday's pre-draft press conference. "You put a card up on the board. That doesn't mean the guy is a good player. I think it's important to acquire good players wherever they are. If you take a player at a position that you might so called 'need' but he's not good enough to fill that need, then it's a wasted pick. So, I don't understand the whole need thing. I understand player value, and that's what we try to go by." Suffice to say: If the Pats don't like the quarterbacks that are on the board at No. 23 or No. 31, they won't take one. Hell, … [Read more...] about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t understand the idea of ‘draft need’
FOXBOROUGH -- At the end of an opening statement that lasted nearly nine minutes, Bill Belichick tipped his hat to several local college football programs. "There are always players in New England, but I'd say more players closer to home this year," Belichick said during Friday's pre-draft press conference. "Steve [Addazio], B.C. has done a great job of building that program, acquiring talent over there. They have a number of players." Belichick added: "UConn, UMass, Holy Cross, Maine - a lot of New England schools have guys that are going to be I would say factors in the draft at one time or another, so it's good to see that. It's made some local scouting - it's made that a little bit easier - not easy, but traveling is easier. So, not totally different, but it's a good group in this area this year." Belichick: Handful of players 'out of reach' for Patriots Boston College defensive end Harold Landry projects as a first-round pick. The Eagles also have a cornerback, Isaac Yiadom (a … [Read more...] about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has high praise for Boston College, UConn, UMass football
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took the podium at Gillette Stadium on Friday morning to discuss New England’s draft outlook, his first appearance before the media in advance of the 2018 NFL Draft which takes place between April 25 and 27. Asked if he plans on drafting a quarterback, Belichick simply stated, “we’ll do what’s best for the football team.” He bristled off another question asking how much longer he expects Tom Brady to play, keeping the focus on the draft. “The whole ‘draft need’ thing, I don’t understand that,” Belichick said. “I think it’s important to take good players.” Despite coming off of their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four seasons, holes are apparent up and down the Patriots’ depth chart. One such position that’s currently all set, but for how long who knows, is that of quarterback. Brady will be 41 years old by Week 1 of the 2018 season, and following last … [Read more...] about Will Bill Belichick Draft a QB?
FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots enter the 2018 NFL Draft with about as much capital as any team, holding four picks in the top two rounds. But it doesn't sound like Bill Belichick has plans to package those picks to move into the top five. "Last couple years, going into those past few drafts, I would say we were able to eliminate a number of players just based on where we were selecting," Belichick said at Friday's press conference. "This year's a little bit different than that. We really need to know the draft top to bottom. Potentially, I'd say there are a handful of players that are probably out of reach. But realistically, just about everybody is in play other than a handful of guys." Why Jordan Matthews signed with the Patriots This doesn't mean the Patriots won't trade up in the first round. It's simply an indication that it'll be difficult for New England to chase a quarterback such as USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, or Wyoming's Josh Allen. All are expected to be off the board … [Read more...] about Bill Belichick: ‘Handful of players’ out of reach for New England Patriots in 2018 NFL Draft
FOXBOROUGH -- All right, Bill Belichick has the Browns, Nick Caserio has the Giants, Josh McDaniels will take the Jets, and Brian Flores gets the Browns' second pick. Now let's mock. Belichick, who likely finds humor in the flood of mock drafts across the internet, admitted on Friday that the Patriots conduct their own mocks in-house leading up to the draft. Bill Belichick Explains Why Patriots Conduct Mock Drafts "Sometimes we do that, yeah," Belichick said Friday during his pre-draft press conference. "It's really more of a -- I'd say sometimes it just sparks a conversation. We might internally say, 'OK, how about Player A and Player B? Player B and Player C. And if you did a mock draft where kind of each guy has a team and, 'OK, it's your turn. You pick this.' And now you look at the board, it's our turn to pick, and 'Gee, here's a scenario we hadn't really thought about.' We hadn't really pictured that this guy would be there." Belichick continued: "So, that kind of can … [Read more...] about Bill Belichick, New England Patriots conduct mock drafts to ‘spark a conversation’