Late draft not much of a factor for Patriots

Late draft not much of a factor for Patriots
April 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- The calendar is about to turn to May, and the world is still waiting on the NFL Draft. 

The three-day made-for-TV special is kicking off relatively late in 2014. While usually the draft occurs some time in April, the NFL has shifted the dates to May 8-10 this year.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has said in the past that when a team has a long season -- like, say, playing in the conference championship in mid-January -- it has to work that much harder to catch up in its preparation for free agency and the draft.

Though given some extra time to get ready for the draft this year, Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio said that the wait hasn't necessarily helped the team in any noticeable way.

"It's really how you utilize it," Caserio said. "We're not really doing anything differently. Has it given us a few more weeks? Maybe. But I think, just generally speaking, it hasn't had much of an impact. Maybe it gave Bill a chance to run the half marathon over the weekend, which maybe he didn't mind. Whenever the draft is, whenever they tell us it is, then we'll be ready to go for it."

Belichick, 62, finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series half-marathon in Nashville in 2:36:46 on Saturday.