Bill Belichick Admits NFL Draft Didn’t Go To Plan
The NFL’s first-ever, potentially disastrous virtual draft ran smoothly by most accounts, but not for Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Bill Belichick admitted that the Patriots were looking at drafting a quarterback in the draft, but it didn’t work out.
The Patriots lost their totemic signal-caller last month when Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The organization would have liked a rookie quarterback to augment their current options of Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham.
“The bottom line is that we’re evaluating that position along with all the other ones,” Belichick told reporters Saturday.
“If we feel like we find the right situation, we’ll certainly draft them.
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New England drafted ten players in this years draft but failed to get the quarterback they were looking for.
“We’ve drafted [quarterbacks] in multiple years, multiple points in the draft,” Belichick added.
“Didn’t work out last three days. That wasn’t by design. It could have, but it didn’t.”
Barring a trade or free agent, this leaves Bill Belichick with second-year Stidham, and 34-year-old veteran Brian Hoyer under center.
Following the disappointing draft, Belichick threw his support behind his two signal-callers.
“I like both those players,” Belichick said.
“We’ve had Brian [Hoyer] a couple times. I think he certainly gives us a very solid level of play. We have a lot of confidence in him.
“Jarrett had a good year last year. He improved a lot. We’ll see where that takes him. I have confidence in both players.”
In all, the Patriots drafted one safety, two tight ends, three linebackers and three offensive linemen. New England’s highest pick this year was safety Kyle Dugger, who they drafted with the No. 37 pick.