Lack of Wilson propaganda no big deal for Belichick, Patriots

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Lack of Wilson propaganda no big deal for Belichick, Patriots

FOXBORO - Bill Belichick doesn't care whether people think Tavon Wilson was off-the-radar, under-the-radar or through-the-radar.

Matter of fact, he doesn't care much for the radar in general.

Asked Friday night about the fact Wilson, the 48th pick, wasn't invited to the NFL Combine or easy to find in the exhaustive draft guides, Belichick said, "Similar situation with (Sebastian) Vollmer a couple of years ago. We drafted guys I think one year, didnt we draft like three of four guys that were non-Combine guys (2009: Vollmer, Rich Ohrnberger, Julian Edelman)?

"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys dont," Belichick added. "I dont know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I dont know who picks the Combine for that matter. How does (Miami of Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the Combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the Combine? I dont know. We cant really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can. If theyre there, theyre there. If theyre not, theyre not. If they play in an all-star game, we look at it. If they dont, they dont."

Belichick was also asked about trading in this draft. The Wilson pick brought that on. With a player who seemed so lightly regarded around the league other than in Foxboro, why not trade down, add picks and get Wilson later. Belichick was asked about the "trade value chart" made famous by Jimmy Johnson.

"To make a trade, you have to have two people agree to it," Belichick pointed out. "So if two people agree, then whatever it is, its a good trade if youre willing to accept the terms that someone else is willing to give you and vice versa. If it works for both teams, then you have a trade. If it doesnt, it doesnt make a difference what any chart says or what any value is. If two teams arent willing to make the exchange, then you dont have a trade. I dont care what the chart says."

So did the Patriots field any calls about that 48th pick, any offers about dropping back?

"Again, each pick is its own pick," said Belichick. "Im not going to get into analysis on every call that was made. Honestly, I cant remember them all anyway."

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Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral

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A member of the jury that acquitted Aaron Hernandez of double-murder said jurors were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez, The Boston Herald reported. 

Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd when he was acquitted in the 2012 double-murder in Boston, killed himself in his prison cell last week. His funeral was in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut on Monday. 

One juror told the Herald that Baez offered to pay for bus to have jury attend funeral. 

More from the Herald report: 

“I was invited, but I decided ultimately not to go,” said Robert Monroe, one of 12 jurors who on April 14 acquitted Hernandez of the murders of Cape Verdean immigrants Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28. Both were living in Dorchester.

“I received a message, if any of the jurors wanted to go to the Aaron Hernandez funeral, that [Hernandez’s attorney] Jose Baez would rent a bus to get us back and forth,” Monroe told the Herald today.