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When your NFL scout is Bill Belichick

Patriots coach is detailed and thorough, but prospects see a 'laid-back' football guy

Updated: March 14, 2011, 6:24 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Gaining an understanding of what Bill Belichick is thinking leading into the NFL draft is often an exercise in futility. In the coach's own words, it is what it is.

But following the 58-year-old Belichick on the scouting trail isn't all for naught. In fact, listening to players he's personally scouted reveals a level of detail that seems uncommon when compared with other NFL head coaches.

Once the offseason arrives, Belichick basically adds his name to the team's scouting masthead, ...

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