Bill Belichick's scouting trip leads him to Vanderbilt

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick's annual scouting trip led him to Vanderbilt University on Thursday.

Belichick was previously spotted at Alabama, among other places. This is his annual rite of late winter and spring, as he transitions from head coach to head scout in preparation for the 2017 draft.

Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort and his staff have laid the foundation on the team's work with prospects eligible for the draft, and now Belichick begins to catch up.

As he mentioned the morning after Super Bowl LI, he was five weeks behind.

Linebacker Zach Cunningham is one of Vanderbilt’s top prospects, along with offensive tackle Will Holden.