I've been pretty hard on Bill Belichick the last couple of years in regards to his draft picks. I felt as though his drafts were overrated due to his "genius" label, and that the busts or, almost-busts were piling up at an alarming rate.
Kevin O'Connell, Terrence Wheatley, Chad Jackson, etc. all had me wanting to pull out my hair.
The constant trades back during the draft are also a source of angst for Patriots' fans. Stockpiling picks is nice, but you know that they're not all going to make the team—sometimes quality is better then quantity.
That being said, give the man credit where it's due.
Last season's class looks pretty phenomenal, especially considering the trades back.
A tackle capable of playing either side at a franchise level?
A converted seventh round quarterback able to impersonate Wes Welker with eerie aptness?
Since they've finalized signing everyone, let's turn our attention to this year's bounty of players. It's no exaggeration to say the short-term as well as the long-term success of the team could hinge on these guys.