Earlier this thirty day period, New England Patriots operator Robert Kraft instructed his club required to be better in the NFL Draft transferring ahead right after misses in latest years. At the time, Kraft famous that he felt the Pats’ offseason approach was different this yr.
Monthly bill Belichick was asked about Kraft’s opinions on Thursday and pointed out that the objective hasn’t changed how the Patriots want to make their roster.
“We are always hunting to get far better,” Belichick reported. “Often hoping to appraise all the things we do and obtain a superior way to do it. I would say which is an yearly system with the draft, but which is a thing we do on a normal basis all over the study course of the normal time.
“Generally searching to do a far better occupation. There are some issues that final 12 months were being unique to the draft method, as I described, some of them are similar to this yr, some of them are a tiny bit various. So we definitely use some of that encounter to increase the approach a small little bit this yr. At minimum we felt like we enhanced it this year. Ultimately, we are even now likely to check out to evaluate the players and make the choices we feel like are finest for the football group. We are going to keep on to do that, and which is really what we’ve generally tried to do. I never believe the mission’s changed.”
What did improve is how NFL front offices have experienced to juggle the previous two drafts devoid of the very first-hand conferences with prospective customers.
Belichick pointed out the distinct procedures his group has had to consider in scouting players this offseason, given the wonky mother nature of the 2020 university football time. The Pats coach pointed out that the evaluation on film this earlier time has taken on “some twists and turns.”
“In some respects, the ’19 film is much more of an apples-to-apples comparison of exactly where gamers ended up,” Belichick claimed. “At the very same time, we all know that players get improved with one more 12 months of practical experience…It makes the analysis a tiny little bit distinct. Just have to determine out what you think the participant will be equipped to do for your group, what his job will be, and what the level of enhancement or the process will be when you get him on your team. It can be a very little bit much less info than what we commonly have, but all teams are performing with the same basic information.
“The evaluation is certainly diverse. No question.”
Belichick additional that previous Lions head coach Matt Patricia has been “heavily involved” in that system this period immediately after his return to Foxborough.
As per normal, Belichick was mum on particulars forward of the draft, like any designs to up grade the quarterback situation. Questioned if he’d take into consideration “over-drafting” a QB taking into consideration specified players at that posture may not be available in later rounds, Belichick responded:
“That question applies to just about every placement on the board.”