Bill Belichick, Patriots had smartest draft again — at least we think so now by sh1 | Posted on 2021年11月1日 NFL null null Did you ever notice how good a player looks once he’s drafted by the New England Patriots? It’s those decades of experience of knowing that Patriots coach Bill Belichick drafts players to fit his system and turns a lot of players you’ve heard of — and a lot you haven’t — into Pro Bowl-caliber players on Super Bowl championship teams. The only thing the Patriots didn’t do was take the player everybody thought they would. Nope, Oakland snatched up Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow (No. 149) in the fifth round. New England took Arizona State's N’Keal Harry (No. 32 overall) in the first round — the second receiver off the board. Harry fell down draft boards after the NFL Combine, but the Pats did not care. "Congratulations, you're a New England Patriot." BB 📲@NkealHarry15 pic.twitter.com/Pk4MPPRjlL — New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 26, 2019 Belichick probably sees the 6-foot-2, 228-pound receiver who averaged 10 TDs the past two seasons and had a year of coaching from Herm Edwards. It won’t be a surprise if Harry is more NFL-ready than some of the other receivers taken later. MORE: Cardinals set new NFL precedent by taking Murray No. 1 The Patriots grabbed Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams (No. 45) in the second round. Williams had four interceptions in 2018 and averaged 11.5 pass breakups for the Commodores the last two season. That is a critical position for New England, considering Brandon Meriweather, Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler, Aqib Talib and Darrelle Revis and Stephon Gilmore have all made the Pro Bowl this decade. Williams will carve out a role in the defense, too. New England added Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich (No. 77), Alabama running back Damien Harris (No. 87) and West Virginia tackle Yodny Cajuste (No. 101) in the third round. Winovich is the player most had pegged going to New England other than Renfrow. The Michigan defensive end had 34.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks the last two seasons, and he's already said he wants to be known for more than just being a “try-hard white guy.” Opposing teams will loathe Winovich, and Pats’ fans will grow to love him like the did Rob Ninkovich, Mike Vrabel and so many others. Harris was a productive running back at Alabama the last four seasons. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry with two 1,000-yard seasons and will work into the rotation as long as he continues to be a receiver out of the backfield. Cajuste will provide offensive line depth along with Arkansas guard Hjalte Forholdt (No. 118), a fourth-round pick. The Patriots went to the SEC in the fourth round with Froholdt and Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (No. 133). Stidham might get the most attention since veteran quarterback Tom Brady is 42 years old and the Patriots will eventually need to replace the six-time Super Bowl champion. Stidham might be that guy — or he could be the next quarterback Belichick develops, teases, then trades. The latter scenario seems more likely, but we need to see Stidham work within the system first. New England took Maryland defensive tackle Byron Cowart (No. 159) in the fifth round, a player who was once the No. 3 recruit in the country in the class of 2015. If anybody could unlock that potential at the next level, it’s Belichick. Stanford’s Jake Bailey (No. 159) followed in the fifth round. Ole Miss cornerback Ken Webster (No. 252) rounded out the draft in the seventh round. Everything fits. Or everything seems like it fits because the Patriots have reached the Super Bowl with this formula nine times. That’s why Harry looks a little taller, Winovich a little quicker off the edge and Stidham a little cleaner in the pocket. It might not be true, but are you going to bet against Belichick when each one of those picks seems to make more sense now? Just wait until the season to find out all over again.