Bill Belichick points to success over past 20 years when asked about poor drafting recently


The Patriots haven’t had great production from players via the draft in recent years, especially at the top of the draft.

Since 2016, the following players have been selected at the top: Cyrus Jones (Round 2), Derek Rivers (Round 3), Antonio Garcia (Round 3), Isaiah Wynn (Round 1), Sony Michel (Round 1), Duke Dawson (Round 2), N’Keal Harry (Round 1) Joejuan Williams (Round 2), Kyle Dugger (Round 2), Josh Ache (Round 2) and Anfernee Jennings (Round 3).

Speaking via video conference Friday, Bill Belichick was asked about the lack of success recently, and the coach pointed to the scoreboard dating back almost 20 years.

“I’d say the most important thing to me is winning games,” he said. “I am not going to apologize for our record over the last 20 years. I’ve seen a lot worse.

"Ultimately, we try and put the best team on the field that we can to be competitive and I don’t really see that changing. Whoever those players are or aren’t, that’s the responsibility I feel to the team is the competition plays itself out and the better players play, whoever they are.”

A follow-up question was asked if the success via the draft has been what he had hoped since 2014?

“Honestly, my focus has been on the Ravens right now,” Belichick said. “Drafting scorecard, which I understand you want to write about that, which is great, but really trying to focus on getting ready for the Ravens. I think I will leave my attention on that.”

While Belichick has a right to point to the scoreboard, how long does that continue, especially if the team doesn’t win a playoff game for the second straight year, or even miss the playoffs all together.

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