Patriots president Jonathan Kraft sat down for an interview with ESPNBoston.com Radio’s Adam Jones on Saturday at our SportsCenter Patriots Draft Special, touching on a number of draft-related topics.
The wide-ranging interview can be heard on today’s ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones show (noon-2 p.m.; interview to air at 1:15 p.m.), but CLICK HERE to listen to an interesting snippet that’s available now.
In this part of the interview, Kraft makes clear who calls the shots in the war room and seems to throw cold water on the possibility that the Patriots might use their multitude of draft picks to trade into the top 10 of the first round.
“Bill has total authority to do whatever he thinks is in the best long-term interest of this team. Period,” Kraft told Jones. “And the only time money gets factored into it … money is not a constraint, the constraint is the salary cap.
“Those top 10 picks, you better be 100 percent right -- [Jerod] Mayo is the one guy we’ve taken up there and we felt very strongly about him -- but if you’re going to move from the bottom third of the round up to the top 5 or 10 picks, it’s going to take currency in future draft picks and you’re going to be committing a lot of money against your cap for somebody that’s not a proven commodity and that’s a risk."
The podcast of the full interview will be available after its airing on ESPN Boston Radio.