Gone are the days when they can afford to look a year or two down the road, moving a two this year for a one next and a three this year for a two in 2016.
Selecting 29th in each round, Belichick has to take risks. I recall back to last year when the Honey Badger slipped down the draft board. Tyrann Mathieu started for the Cardinals this year at both safety spots after being chosen in the third round, despite a rap sheet laden with marijuana issues.
The Pats have overlooked plenty of mischief from their recent picks — be it Alfonzo Dennard’s alleged punching a cop in Nebraska or Aaron Hernandez’ alleged gang ties in Connecticut.
Forget the words safe and solid now, and let it fly. “Impact” ... now you’re talking.