New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio shared insight on the 2015 NFL draft in an interview with Bob Socci of 98.5 The Sports Hub, pointing to two positions as those that are especially deep.
When it was mentioned to Caserio that 2014 had been a stocked receiver draft, he said, "I'd say that position could be a similar situation this year. I'd [also] say there a number of those edge/hybrid type players, which there is a proliferation of those in the league, or have been over the past few years."
Caserio added that no matter the position, "there are enough good football players that are out there and you have to find the rights ones that fit what you're doing, make a decision, and move forward."
The Patriots double-dipped at receiver in 2013 with Aaron Dobson (second round) and Josh Boyce (fourth round) -- neither has emerged at this point -- and then didn't select a player at the position last year when the class was viewed as one of the best in recent memory. That could lead them to dive back into the receiver pool this year to supplement the top trio of Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.
Meanwhile, with Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Michael Buchanan, Zach Moore and Jake Bequette as edge players -- and with Dont'a Hightower having the flexibility to move into an end-of-the-line 3-4 outside linebacker type role if needed -- that position looks a bit more stocked from this viewpoint.
Two other notable soundbites from Caserio's interview with Socci:
Monitoring the rosters of other teams to project their draft intentions. "It's a big part of the process. Bob Quinn, our director of pro scouting, kind of spearheads that process but we try to do a team-by-team analysis based on the information that we have and try to make some kind of estimation of what we think the teams need is, and how we see it. If it impacts draft strategy to some degree, you can factor that in. So you're trying to pull information from a multitude of areas -- the college side, and you're still trying to have an understanding of what's going on in the league and trying to funnel all that information into one spot so you can make some educated decisions come draft time."
Teaming up with Bill Belichick. "Bill and I have an awesome working relationship. There is a lot of communication and we'll share opinions back and forth and I'll tell him what I think, and ultimately in the end we'll make the decision that we feel is best for the organization. If push comes to shove and I have to defer to Bill, that's the way it should be. I love working for Bill and ultimately we're all trying to get the same thing accomplished and do the best thing for the team."