The New England Patriots have a habit of successfully double dipping in the draft. Whether it's taking two defensive backs in the 2003 draft (Eugene Wilson and Asante Samuel) or drafting two former college tackles in the 2005 draft (Logan Mankins and Nick Kaczur), Bill Belichick has the ability to find multiple long term starters.
In recent years, Belichick has doubled at tight end in 2010 (Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez), running back in 2011 (Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley), defensive end in 2012 (Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette), wide receiver and defensive back in 2013 (Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon), and offensive line in 2014 (Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming).
The Patriots focused their 2015 draft on their trenches- specifically at edge defender and interior offensive line.
New England used four draft picks in a span of 34 selections across the 3rd and 4th rounds, with the 97th and 101st overall being edge defenders, and 111st and 131st on the offensive line.
Geneo Grissom (97th) and Trey Flowers (101st) will be expected to help transform the defensive line into one of the strongest in the league, while Tre Jackson (111st) and Shaq Mason (131st) need to bolster a shallow offensive line.
It's very common for Belichick's double dips to become friends- although the fact that Ryan and Harmon attended the same college might be an unfair advantage- and New England is forcing these duos to become friends.
Jackson and Mason are currently roommates, as are Grissom and Flowers.
"He's a great teammate, a great resource for me," Jackson said of Mason during Thursday's interaction with the media. "We're in the learning process right now so we're both into it all the time. We could be walking around anywhere and I'll be like ‘Shaq, what's this?' Just quizzing each other."
The benefits are similar on the defensive side of the ball.
"We do study together," said Grissom of his time with Flowers. "It's all a process. We all have to work together to get better every day. If I have a question, I know I can go to Trey and ask it, and he knows it's the same with me."
Second round pick Jordan Richards was unavailable due to Stanford's late graduate. One can only imagine that first round pick Malcom Brown gets a room all to himself.