What's it like to discuss a trade with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick?
Well, it doesn't sound like the six-time Super Bowl champion has much time for small talk.
Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, in a recent medial call with SiriusXM NFL radio, shed light on Belichick's demeanor during trade talks.
“Bill’s very cut-to-the-chase, as you can imagine,” Dominik said, as transcribed by The Boston Globe's Ben Volin. “I’ve done three or four trades with Bill, and everything is just like, ‘Get to the point, let’s go. Are you in? Do you want to do this or not?’ He’s not going to sit around and wait. I actually loved that. He got right to the point.”
Belichick isn't afraid to trade down or up multiple times during the NFL Draft. He's always looking for the most value, and sometimes that means stockpiling future picks.
The Patriots are in the enviable position of owning 12 picks in this week's 2019 NFL Draft, including six in the first three rounds. Only the New York Giants have as many picks at the Patriots.
With an abundance of picks and several roster weaknesses that must be addressed, it wouldn't be surprising for this Patriots draft class to be larger than normal. New England's offensive line, defensive line, wide receiver and tight end positions all have taken hits as a result of players leaving in NFL free agency or retiring.
That said, it's hard to imagine Belichick not making some sort of trade during the draft this week. He has enough selections to move up for a player who could play a key role on next year's team. A tight end such as T.J. Hockenson, who excelled as a pass-catcher and blocker for Iowa in 2018, is one such player worth trading up to draft.
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