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What impact will the Patriots’ second-year players have this season?


Nine years ago this past April, Bill Belichick sat down with Mike Mayock for an NFL Network interview that focused at one point on the topic of team building. At the time, Belichick and his Patriots’ staff were preparing for the 2010 NFL draft — though that didn’t necessarily mean they were looking to plug holes for the upcoming 2010 season, as the coach explained.

“I think a lot of the draft process is not where the player is right now,” Belichick said, “but where the player will be a year from now, or where he’ll be two calendar years from now.