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Friday, April 29, 2011
Belichick: Value at offensive skill positions

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In an interview with ESPN's Chris Berman before the start of the second round of the draft Patriots coach Bill Belichick assessed what he sees on the draft board at this time.

"I still think there are a lot of good players left up on the board," he said. "There were, of course, a lot of defensive players selected yesterday. It looks like there is going to be pretty good value at the offensive skill positions in the next round or two, so we'll see how that all goes."

When asked about trade interest in the No. 33 pick, the first of the second round, Belichick said there was a little bit of a "quarterback derby" going on at the top of the round. This could have been an attempt for Belichick to drum up more interest in the pick.

"We've definitely heard from a few teams," Belichick said. "We'll see how it all plays out. It's similar to what happens in the first round -- you get a lot of calls prior to the draft but usually the action heats up, if there is any, right when you're on the clock. The most important thing is for us to be prepared and try to make the best decision we can with this opportunity for our football team."

Belichick also acknowledged that it was nice to see some Patriots players return for workouts today.

"It was refreshing," Belichick said. "We hadn't seen them in a while and it was good to see their smiling faces back in the building. It seemed more like the offseason, not quite as desolate around here as what it's been the last few weeks. It was good to have them back."