In what has been an annual part of his schedule at this time of year, Patriots coach Bill Belichick will soon be on the scouting trail. The point has often been made that while many head coaches hit the road as part of draft preparation, few seem to do so at the same level of Belichick, who essentially turns himself from head coach to scout by working out prospects at various college campuses and watching film with them.
As part of this process, Belichick also builds relationships with college coaches and gives back to the coaching fraternity, such as last year when he spoke at Nebraska's coaches clinic.
Perhaps that visit, in which he personally worked out the Cornhuskers' top prospects, was a factor in the Patriots selecting Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard in the seventh round.
This year, Belichick has lined up a few more appearances.
Later this month, Belichick is hosting "An Evening with Bill Belichick" in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Then in April, he'll be at Notre Dame.