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April 27, 2013

Belichick draft plan based on sanity

That can't be said in a lot of places around the NFL

If NFL Draft Weekend 2013 has done anything to Patriots fans, it’s given you all a minute to look back and see how lucky you truly are.

In a draft where Bill Belichick — almost out of arrogance and that’s a good thing — took four divergent stray shots in day 2, your prime competition, the Jets and Bills, placed their franchise futures in the hands of B.J. Manuel and Geno Smith.

The other folks in the AFC East actually have taken this horrifying compilation of talent seriously.

The Patriots? Sure, a capable receiver might be nice, but are there really any major needs, requiring a Geno Smith for attention?Geez, Rex. Does Geno go above or below Tim Tebow on the preseason depth chart?In the end, Tyrann Mathieu never made it to the Pats’ picks in the third round, and Belichick and Nick Caserio weighed the penchant for self-destruction a tad heavier than the cost of a second-round selection.

So much of this draft, outside of the first handful of picks, will be so hit or miss. The Patriots made four selections last night, with four more to come tomorrow. All four were at least based on sound thinking, which is all Pats fans can ask for.

Round 2, pick 52 overall

Jamie Collins, Outside Linebacker, Southern Miss.: Certainly, this is a shot taken on a speedy athlete. Will he be Dwight Freeney or Shawn Crable. Therein lies the range of success or utter failure when shooting for edge rushers. On the plus side, he might get to the QB. On the downside, he’s very limited, probably isn’t at his best in a two-point stance and has only shown the propensity to succeed by coming forward. That means, the Patriots are still without a linebacker who can cover.

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