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Hall of Fame GM Gil Brandt says Bill Belichick is best drafter of his lifetime

Hall of Fame GM Gil Brandt says Bill Belichick is best drafter of his lifetime

Gil Brandt has been around for 87 years. He spent 33 years as an NFL executive with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and the Dallas Cowboys, notably building two Super Bowl champions during his 28 years with the Cowboys.

Brandt helped to create many of the evaluation tools used to measure prospects today, including the NFL Scouting Combine. He is also regarded as one of the best drafters and talent evaluators in NFL history.

But when asked about who he thinks is the best drafter of his lifetime, he said that honor belongs to Bill Belichick. He explained why briefly on Twitter.

On the surface, this may seem like an odd claim. Belichick has been hit-or-miss in drafts over the course of the past decade. But at the same time, there's no denying that he has found quality players at all levels of the draft.

Some of his early-round successes include Richard Seymour, Matt Light, Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Jerod Mayo, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Chandler Jones. Some notable late-round guys include Julian Edelman, Tully Banta-Cain, and, of course, Tom Brady.

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While some of his more recent picks haven't panned out -- especially second-round picks, as the likes of Duke Dawson, Cyrus Jones, and Jordan Richards all struggled to find time with the team -- all 23 players that the Patriots selected in the past three draft classes are still in the NFL, whether that's with New England or another team.

So, Belichick does have an eye for talent, even if all of his picks haven't panned out. And to Brandt's point, he has found a lot of success finding players that specifically fit his system. Earlier in his career, he was remarkably good at that.

Belichick's drafting abilities will surely be put to the test in 2020. Without a second-round pick, the Patriots will need to build up some roster depth and compensate for numerous losses in free agency including those of Brady, Kyle Van Noy, and Jamie Collins, among others.

But if Belichick is truly the NFL's best drafter like Brandt believes he is, he'll find a way to add some quality youth to the Patriots roster and keep them competitive during an unusual state of uncertainty in Foxboro.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that has been owned by the Wilpon family since 1986.

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

When Tom Brady was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career earlier this offseason, the Tennessee Titans were seen as frontrunners to sign him.

Part of that was due to Brady's close relationship Titans head coach and former New England Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel. Tennessee also boasts a strong offensive line and plenty of weapons for Brady to work with, so it seemed like a natural fit for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Instead, the Titans rewarded Ryan Tannehill for his strong showing in the 2019 season with a four-year, $118 million contract, and Brady ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Titans players, including offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, seem to be just fine with that result. Lewan recently talked to NFL Network's Mike Giardi about Tennessee choosing Tannehill over Brady while throwing in some funny jabs at the ex-Pats QB.

Read what Lewan had to say in Giardi's tweet below:

Lewan is quite the character.

It's clear the Titans have tremendous faith in Tannehill, and it's hard to blame them after seeing how he performed last season. The 31-year-old finished the campaign with the highest passer rating of all QBs (117.5) while tossing 22 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.