Belichick on The Big Show
|04.26.10 at 10:23 pm ET|
Bill Belichick called in to The Big Show on Monday to check in for his annual post-draft recap. The Patriots were very busy over the three days of the draft, and Belichick said the whole NFL draft process is highly unpredictable.
“It’s a very unscientific business,” Belichick said. “You make the best decision you can and we make them here. They make them throughout the league. There are players that go undrafted that have great careers. There are players that go in the first round that end up not playing very much in this league. I think that’s the way it will always be. … It makes it a little bit unpredictable, but it also makes it exciting, because it gives you opportunity.”
Belichick and the Patriots traded twice to drop down to pick 27 in the first round, where they selected Devin McCourty out of Rutgers, and he explained the process of “value” in terms of trading in the draft.
“If you have let’s say three players, say you are at a particular point with whatever number you are at,” he said. “You have three players and you feel that anyone of the three players would be a good pick at this point. They would all help our team and there really isn’t a strong preference, and you could pick up extra value by trading down or something like that, then you do that and say, ‘OK how far down can we go and get the same value at this point.’ ”
Belichick also commented on taking players from college programs where he has ties to the coaches, such as Urban Meyer in Florida or Nick Saban at Alabama.
“At the pro day down there in Florida there were almost 140 or 150 people from the NFL there,” said Belichick, who took three players from the University of Florida in this year’s draft. “I don’t think any of those guys are any big secret. We’ve scouted the Florida players since last spring, all fall, all through the all-star games, just like everybody else in the league has. … We are not partial to any particular school, but I do think that players from some of those programs, because of the way they play, what they look for in football players coming out of high school. Often there is that same correlation that those players fit the profile and the programs that we are looking for.”
Adalius Thomas was released on Monday after three disappointing seasons, and Belichick spoke on the decision to cut ties with the outside linebacker.
“We made that decision to move on with the players that we have,” Belichick said. “I think he was a good football player. He came in and had a heck of a year for us in ’07, and again at this point in time we felt that was the direction we were going to go in.”
To hear the entire interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page.
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