For a head coach of his caliber, Bill Belichick has a surprisingly poor track record finding talent atop the NFL Draft.
But when it comes to bargain shopping, nobody is better.
Belichick's latest diamond in the rough could be wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, who cracked the New England Patriots' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of NC State and could be the third or fourth wideout in Tom Brady's offense.
For many, Meyers came out of nowhere. But Jim Nagy, a former Patriots scout who's now the director of the Senior Bowl, isn't surprised Belichick and the Patriots found him. In fact, Nagy believes they should have found him earlier.
"I thought he was going to be a fourth-round pick when we invited him (to the Senior Bowl). I was shocked he didn’t get picked,” Nagy recently told The Ringer's Kevin Clark.
"But he’s so crafty. He finds the angles. He moves through traffic really well. The Patriots love players who are good at adjusting routes, and really savvy football players like that."
Belichick also covets players with diverse skill sets, such as college quarterback-turned-receiver Julian Edelman or moonlighting defensive back Troy Brown. Meyers, a former high school quarterback, fits that mold, and Nagy believes the Patriots' interest in Meyers is indicative of their ability to find overlooked talent.
"In a lot of (draft) rooms, there’s some tunnel vision," Nagy added. "But the Patriots and Seattle are good at saying ‘Hey, this guy is a wideout, but he had 20 interceptions in high school and can tackle on special teams.' "
New England hasn't had much success with rookie wideouts in years past. But it'd be pretty on-brand for Belichick if the undrafted Meyers thrives this season while first-rounder N'Keal Harry is on short-term injured reserve.
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