Belichick on draft: 'We all make a lot of mistakes'

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Belichick on draft: 'We all make a lot of mistakes'

PALM BEACH -- It was as honest and revealing a phrase as Bill Belichick uttered in his 45 minutes speaking with the media on Tuesday.

And it's an important one to keep in mind as full attention now becomes directed at the 2012 draft.

Speaking about scouting, Belichick said, "You see different levels of competition in college, so you try to project how all that will transfer up to the NFL level and more specifically your team. Its very challenging. And thats why we all make a lot of mistakes in the draft process. Its far from an exact science."

The Patriots currently hold six draft picks. Two each in the first and second rounds; single picks in the third and fourth and no picks in rounds five through seven. There's little doubt the team will make deals to add picks for the late rounds because they've always gotten good value late. That's when the Patriots are prone to taking some gambles.

"Whenever you take any player you have everything that comes with them. So, whatever that is, their personality, their size, their speed their instincts, their . . . everything," Belichick answered when asked about weighing conduct concerns. "You get the whole thing, so put them all together, its a mosaic of components and thats what you have and you put some kind of value on it. Whatever thats worth.

"Some things increase the guys value, maybe his position flexibility or his leadership or whatever it is, and other things may pull it down a little bit, whatever those happen to be," he added. "But in the end, you have to establish some type of value in what you think the persons role would be on your team. But based on that, you either put him on your team or dont put them on your team. But it all comes once you have them, then you have all that with it . . . Sure, there are definitely things that push some players down, keep you from taking them higher, absolutely."

As always, the projection from the college game to the NFL is the hardest part of the evaluation process.

"Thats always a challenge, project a guy from one system to not only a higher level of play, but also a different style of play," said Belichick. "And that affects both sides of the ball, really. Guys who are playing defense are defending what they see in college and what they see at this level is a little different from what they see in college. Not saying its good or bad, its just different."

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Tanguay: No pressure, Al, but Celts' postseason success hinges on you

Hey, Al Horford. No pressure, but these upcoming playoffs are on you. 

The Celtics are having a great REGULAR season. But for this postseason to be anything but regular, Al needs to come up big.

To his credit, he's done that recently. But he need to play even better in the playoffs. Better isn’t even the right word. Power. That’s it: Power. Horford needs to play with more power. 

The problem is this has never really been his game, and therefore it may prove the Celtics overpaid when they gave him a max contract. 

During his 74 postseason games with the Hawks, Horford averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. This season he has averaged 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. There's no way his rebounding numbers an be that low in the playoffs. 

I want at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game from him over the course of the Celts post season run. And NO THREEs. I know the guy can shoot, but he needs to keep that 6-foot-10 body of his twelve feet or less from the hoop. 

So if the Celtics let you down or underperform this spring, it won't be on Isaiah. It will be on you, Al. 

Again, no pressure. 

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.

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During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."

Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.