Belichick: This is best DL draft class in memory

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Belichick: This is best DL draft class in memory

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

The 2011 NFL draft is stocked with talent among front-seven defenders, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told me this week. And when it comes to finding players who might make impactson thedefensive line, Belichick says there's more of those "than in any draft I can remember.""There is a lot of depth at the top of the draft," said Belichick. "Some good defensive front seven players and on the defensivefront, probably more depth than in any draft I can remember."The full five-minute interview (complete with wordy, meandering questions from me) will air in its entirety during the Quick Slants Draft Special Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet New England. Belichick also said that, when it comes to trade offers, the Patriots have "been on the receiving end of more calls than we've made" during the run-up to the draft. The Patriots own the 17th, 28th and 33rd overall picks. They have two picks in each of the first three rounds. "You always have to be ready to pick," said Belichick. "Theres no guarantee there will be a trade. If you're looking to trade up, you're looking to move up where you can go get a certain player. Draft trades are made for players. Not picks. You dont want picks, you want a guy."In less than a week, we'll find out which guy(s) New England wanted. In addition to the Belichick sitdown, the Quick Slants Draft Special features a roundtable with Jerod Mayo, Patrick Chung and Dane Fletcher on their draft experiences, conversations with prospects Cam Jordan and Ryan Williams, a segment with National Football Post draft expert Wes Bunting and - as always - viewer comments and opinions during the interactive segments with Mary Paoletti.

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