The Patriots always find a way to pick up a player with a lot of talent who falls for whatever reason.
Aaron Hernandez was considered a second- or third-round talent coming out of Florida, but character concerns surrounding positive tests for marijuana caused him to fall to the fourth-round, where Belichick happily obliged and selected the athletic tight end.
In 2011, the Patriots took a free-falling Ryan Mallett in the third-round after he was labeled as having character concerns related to drug use. He was previously considered a first-round talent at quarterback.
In 2012, the player was Alfonzo Dennard. The Patriots picked up the second-round talent in the seventh round after a run-in with the law caused his draft stock to plummet like Enron.
Who will be this year's Hernandez-Mallett-Dennard case?
The Patriots have already hosted private workouts with South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.
Lattimore fought back from a gruesome knee injury he suffered in 2011, only to suffer a dislocated right knee in 2012. He was once projected to be a first-round pick, but the concerns over his recovery from injury have driven his stock way down.
Mathieu has a little more control over his situation. He was one of the most notorious college football players in the LSU Tigers 2011 National Championship bid, but after several positive tests for marijuana, he was kicked off the team.
The Patriots have proven, though, that if they think a player's talent outweighs his character concerns—given the draft slot, of course—they are not afraid to strike. Lattimore and Mathieu are just two of the players that could be in the cross hairs in that regard.
Erik Frenz is also a Patriots/AFC East writer for Boston.com. Follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise noted, all stats obtained from Pro-Football-Reference.com, and all quotes obtained firsthand or via team press releases.