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What was learned from All-Access

Things that were learned from watching Patriots All-Access tonight:

Belichick held out for a 2012 second-round pick for top pick of 2011 second round. Leading into the draft, there was a lot of discussion about how the top pick of the second round would be desired by other clubs in a trade. But the footage shows Belichick holding out for a 2012 second-round pick in any swap (in addition to switching 2011 second-rounders), and Belichick is shown hanging up the phone several times. From Peter King's Sports Illustrated piece, it is known that one team the Patriots were talking to at the time was the San Francisco 49ers.

Ernie Adams' role as trusted confidant. Bill Belichick's longtime friend going back to their days at Phillips Andover Academy, Ernie Adams, is the team's football research director. When trades were discussed, Adams was seen writing them on the board as a key person in the draft room. Even in just a few minutes of draft footage, it's easy to see how much Belichick trusts and values Adams' opinion. It was Adams, after a deal couldn't be struck for the No. 33 pick, who looked at Belichick and said "Let's pick him" in reference to cornerback Ras-I Dowling.

Al Groh connection with Ras-I Dowling pick. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio talked about how the Patriots felt good about the pick of Ras-I Dowling at the top of the second round, and part of that was from a visit with former Virginia coach Al Groh. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a long history from Groh, as both were assistants together under Bill Parcells. Caserio added that preparations for the 2012 draft are already underway.