April 30, 2006

MAYBE BELICHEK REALLY IS A GENIUS:

Pats grab hanging Chad: Trade up for Florida WR (Dan Ventura, April 30, 2006, Boston Herald)

The Patriots gave Chad Jackson their version of the Wonderlic test.

The fact that they moved up 16 spots in the second round to select the Florida wide receiver 36th overall would lead one to assume Jackson passed the test with flying colors.

“They gave me some of their offensive alignments when they were down here and I broke it down for them. Then when I went up there to New England to visit them, they re-quizzed me on it again and I read it to them off the board,” Jackson said. “They were the only team that did that to me, so I felt like they were pretty interested in me. I had at least four or five visits with them and I felt pretty good after every one of them.”

Given the interest, Jackson felt pretty confident that he would hear his name called when the Patriots were picking 21st in the first round. When the selection of Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney crossed the screen, Jackson was a bit miffed.

“I thought I would be taken there, especially after seeing them four or five times,” he said. “But I know on draft day, everything changes. I’m just happy that they picked me pretty high in the second round.”

How the heck did he manage to draft both?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2006 9:02 AM
Comments

Well, for years before his Super Bowl wins he drafted only defense on the first day. Now other GMs are copying him and drafting defense, and he's picking up the offensive players that slip.

He just swings the opposite way from the conventional-wisdom pendulum. It's also the Red Sox / Moneyball philosophy -- buy low, sell high, look for underappreciated value.

Posted by: pj at April 30, 2006 12:32 PM

The scary thing is that Laurence Maroney is an underrated running back.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 30, 2006 10:13 PM
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