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New England Patriots Links 4/26/10 - Belichick Drafted Players Of Character From Coaches He Trusts

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Bill Belichick talks to the media following Day 3 of the Draft.

I feel like we added some players at a number of different positions, added some depth at our team. Some of the players that we talked about today fall into the same category that we talked about yesterday. [They] are guys that are tough that have played at a high level and produced well. We're excited about working with those guys next weekend when they come in. Of course, Devin [McCourty] was here today. We got a chance to spend some time with him this morning and he's excited to be here and we're excited to have him. We're looking forward to working with him as well. Overall, a pretty interesting weekend. We also announced the signing of Gerard Warren today. [There was] a lot of movement. [We're] looking forward to getting on the field and getting them out there and actually see them play football.

I think players that are good players, but also have traits such as leadership, work ethic, good communications skills, toughness and those things end up being players who are elected leaders and representatives of their team - captains and so forth. A lot of times those follow each other. I mean we didn't go into the draft and say we just want to draft guys who were captains of their team. Certainly, the fact that they do that and put that together with the rest of the skills they have certainly add up for the players favor and a higher value for us.

I think you want to draft players that are tough, smart, that work hard, that are good instinctive players, that know how to play the game and that can make plays. Playmakers in the skill positions offensively and defensively or in the return game that can make plays. I'm not telling you anything new. We've tried to draft those players since I got here and I'm sure every other team in the league is trying to do basically the same thing. We certainly have guys that are tough, that have been productive and show the ability to come in and give our team what we feel like will benefit whether that's by position, by skill, their style of play or their work ethic. That's all part of it, too. We're always looking to improve those.

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