That was at least the case in the Patriots coach's sit-down interview with the NFL Network, which was conducted prior to last weekend's draft. Belichick touched on a number of interesting topics with Mike Mayock, but perhaps the most intriguing was the discussion of drafting Tom Brady.
Belichick stated plainly that Brady was not a phenomenal athlete by any stretch of the imagination, and the fact that he was not a full-time starter in his senior year at Michigan was enough to give him pause.
"How high do you want to draft a guy who they're really trying to replace as a starter at college?" Belichick said of the mindset of looking at Brady.
Yet Belichick said he saw enough in Brady to spend the 199th pick in the 2000 draft on the quarterback.
"The thing with Brady was really the traits: his work ethic, his intelligence, his decision-making," Belichick said. "I think a lot of the draft process is [about] not where the player is right now, but where the player will be a year from now, or where he'll be two calendar years from now.
"I don't think I've ever seen a player improve as much as Tom did. That's certainly a big credit to his work ethic and his determination."
Among the other subjects that Belichick discussed were:
The entire video can be seen on Patriots.com, and for any football fan that's eager to get the season started, it's a great way to pass the time.
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