There are a few things that are for certain when discussing Bill Belichick and his drafting style. First, and most obvious, is the fact that he moves around. A lot. There's no way he actually takes guys at 17, 28, 33, 60, etc. Some of those slots, sure, but not all of them. His other habit, as some like to point out, is his tendency to reach for players who would likely have been available at a later pick.
It happens every year. Guys like Sebastian Vollmer and Jermaine Cunningham get taken in the second round when most "experts" had them projected to go in rounds 3 or 4. Obviously, "reaching" is a matter of opinion, and I'd take Belichick's over Mel Kiper's every. single. time. What this is the result of is the Patriots' use of their own, in-house player evaluation process. More often than not, the players Belichick "reaches" for turn out to be pretty good regardless of what draft grade they were given by those around the league.
This in mind, I stumbled across a player I think might fit the profile of such a guy: Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh.
At 6'5/264 he's the perfect build for the outside linebacker position, and during his junior season was a beast as both a pass rusher and a run defender. Jabaal Sheard, another DE prospect pegged as a second rounder, played opposite Romeus and benefited from the fact that he drew a lot of offensive protection. Romeus missed his senior season with a back injury, allowing Sheard to step into the spotlight and, more importantly, sinking his draft stock. If he checks out medically I could see him being taken with our later second round pick and earning a starting role opposite Cunningham by the middle of the season.
There has been a lot posted lately about needs at other positions, specifically along the line of scrimmage. With three of our earlier picks it may be possible to select elite players to strengthen the offensive and defensive lines as well as trade into the future. Romeus, potentially, could fill our need at outside linebacker without costing us one of our top-33 picks. While he is not in the same league as a Robert Quinn, for example, he could still develop into an impact player.