By Tom E. Curran
Curious how the NFL Draft sausage gets made?
Yeah, me too. That's why I'm looking forward to this afternoon's media session with Nick Caserio, the Patriots Director of Player Personnel. Caserio is down to discuss all the practical parts of draft day. The ratings, the trade calls, the under-the-gun decision-making. Normally, we get Bill Belichick for this predraft summit meeting and while he's fascinating, he sometimes gets into the shrug and grunt after he gets asked one too many questions asking for specifics. It's not like Caserio is going to be a font of information on prospects but he should afford us with at least a few more nuggets. I'm interested in finding out answers to the following:When a player is flagged whether it be for physical or character issues, is there a spot at which he drops and becomes palatable? How much time is spent on investigating other teams' rosters and needs and collecting information on who they may select?Do agents impact the grades given to players? What's been the stickiest, most pressure-filled moment he's experienced? How is the lack of free agency impacting this year's operation? We'll be tweeting and blogging from there this afternoon so we'll keep you posted.
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