What the Experts Are Saying About the Patriots' 2013 Draft

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What the Experts Are Saying About the Patriots' 2013 Draft
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After the New England Patriots completed their 2013 draft, Bill Belichick trudged on up to the podium at Gillette Stadium, begrudgingly submitting himself to questions surrounding Jamie Collins, Aaron Dobson, the trio of former Rutgers defenders and the rest of this year’s rookie class.

He seemed happy with the draft—he used the word “exciting,” and I’m still consulting instant replay for the tell-tale upward curling of the lips, but I’m pretty sure he even cracked a smile—but offered little insight as to what level of production, if any, fans can expect from the group.

While he wasn’t quite in midseason form when it came to sniffles, coughs and throat clearing, he was still disseminating vague football axioms at an all-pro level.

And then there was this nugget:                          

Q: Is there any advantage to having a football player or athlete that has excelled at another sport?

BB: I don’t know.

(Long, uncomfortable pause.  Not even crickets, just silence.)

So yeah, Belichick isn’t saying a whole lot.  Surprise! (Here's his full presser courtesy of Patriots.com.)

That’s OK, though, draft experts Internet-wide are saying enough to keep stoking the offseason fire.  So how exactly did the Patriots fare in this year’s draft?  Let’s take a tour of the web for the proverbial word on the street.

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