As the draft draws closer, we’ll continue to connect the dots between prospects and teams. And there’s no time like the present.
Let’s start in New England, where Patriots coach Bill Belichick reportedly broke bread with Florida QB Tim Tebow on Monday night. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora told NFL Total Access on Tuesday that he’s intrigued by the Patriots, pointing out the team owns 12 draft picks, including three second-rounders, as well as two first-rounders in 2011. That’s plenty of ammunition to make moves during the draft.
The logic feels sound all the way around. The Patriots have an established QB in Tom Brady, few glaring needs and a track record that shows Belichick isn’t afraid to follow his convictions on players.
This also would be a good time to note that Belichick is close friends with Florida coach Urban Meyer. You often see elements of the spread offense with the Patriots — a solid point that La Canfora brought up during an exchange on this exact same topic earlier Tuesday — and it doesn’t feel like a stretch to envision an H-back-type role for Tebow on the Patriots.
Belichick is like few others when it comes to finding the right roles for players and putting them in a position to succeed (see Troy Brown, Mike Vrabel, Kevin Faulk, Wes Welker, etc.). I have to agree with Solomon Wilcots when he tells me that specialization allows player to excel. Would these players be as good as they are for the Patriots on other teams?
Tebow, who also met with the Bills, has meetings scheduled with the Browns, Redskins and Seahawks, according to La Canfora.