FOXBORO – Bill Belichick said Wednesday that he’s already received “quite a few” telephone calls from teams interested in the Patriots’ three second-round draft choices.
“That isn’t surprising to me,” Belichick said at his pre-draft press conference at Gillette Stadium. “I’m not saying that anything will or won’t happen. I think that’s pretty common at this point in the process, a week or so before the draft, where you start to talk to teams and try to get a feel for whether they would or wouldn’t be interested in moving a particular pick. It expedites the process a little bit when you get to draft day.”
Belichick said there have been a “pretty decent number of inquiries” on those second-rounders.
He was asked if the discussions have been specific to acquiring other draft choices, or if veteran players have been dangled by other clubs.
“It’s not so much a specific trade of ‘I’ll give you this, you give me that,’ Belichick responded. “It’s more of ‘Would you be interested in moving this pick, moving up, or moving down in the first round, or whatever it happens to be?’ It’s more in that nature.”