Saturday, May 10, 2014
Leftovers from Patriots' Day 2 of draft
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some leftovers from the second day of the NFL draft with the New England Patriots:
Six picks with which to work the board. The Patriots have three fourth-round picks (105, 130, 140), three sixth-round picks (179, 198, 206) and a seventh-round pick (244), setting up a busy third day. Belichick hinted that we could see more trades. "We’ve been able to pick some players that have been productive for us on the third day of the draft. Hopefully that will be the case, however those get utilized, whether we pick them there or use them to position for players that are sliding -- that are on the board so that we can slide our picks one way or another."
Character counts. Belichick spoke about how both first-round pick Dominique Easley and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo fit not just on the field, but also from an off-field perspective. "I feel like they are good people," Belichick said.
Lombardi in the draft room. As expected, assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi, the former Browns general manager, is part of the Patriots' small draft room. The team's official website relayed a sneak peak from the second and third rounds.
Trading with the Jaguars. In shipping their third-round pick (93rd) to the Jaguars for a fourth-rounder (105th) and sixth-rounder (179th), Belichick explained the mindset. "We moved back 12 spots and added a sixth round pick -- I felt the value of moving back for whichever player we pick tomorrow based on where we were that we could maintain the integrity of that value and add a pick, so that’s why we did it."
Garoppolo's ESPN radio interview. After the Patriots selected him 62nd overall, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sat down with ESPN Radio.