For Belichick, it's two drafts in one

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Bill Belichick assesses the team's bounty of draft picks and says, "Having two picks in each of the first three rounds, it's almost like having two drafts."

This presents a unique opportunity for the Patriots.

"Where the picks are now, and where they end up by this weekend, I don't think it affects your preparation," Belichick said of the process to this point. "You prepare for the entire draft. You can end up picking where you're at or end up moving picks to a different position, and you're prepared for that, too. It's happened in the past. You want to know the whole board, the rest of the league, and position yourself to try to gain an advantage."