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Cole Strange thought he was getting pranked when the Patriots said they were drafting him

The Patriots’ first-round selection of Cole Strange stunned the NFL world. It also stunned the player they selected.

In an interview with MassLive’s Chris Mason, Strange’s father, Greg, shared that his son was confused when he got a call from an unidentified number late in the first round.

“(Cole) said, ‘Sir, I don’t mean to be disrespectful at all, but I’ve gotta know because I’ve got some crazy friends. Is this a prank?’ The guy said, ‘Hold on just a second,'” Strange’s father recalled. “And then Bill Belichick got on the phone and of course, unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 20 years, you know Bill Belichick’s voice.