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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Scouts Inc. impressed with Pats

By Mike Reiss

Steve Muench of ESPN's Scouts Inc., writes on the Patriots' 2010 draft class -- and Bill Belichick's overall draft record -- and commends the team for its work (Insider content).

One aspect that impresses Muench is how the team's long-term planning has paid off.

"The frenzy surrounding the [Randy] Moss trade also overshadowed several other concerns that could also have derailed the season if New England had not been so astute in recent drafts," he writes. "DE Ty Warren, RB Kevin Faulk and CB Leigh Bodden were all expected to be important cogs but all have been lost to season-ending injuries, and backup RB Fred Taylor has also missed extensive time. However, in each case young players have stepped up to help fill the void."