The first round of the 2022 NFL draft sits just over 24 hours away, which means teams are getting their ducks in a row.
That includes New England Patriots head coach - and de facto general manager - Bill Belichick. Earlier this week, he talked about the draft and how he prepares for the event.
As always, he gave some interesting insight to his decision-making. Belichick said he approaches the draft as if it's three separate drafts, rather than just one.
"It keeps changing," he said. "You know, as players get picked in the first round, it keeps unfolding into Day 1 and you just reset the board for Day 2, which is rounds two and three. And then at the end of Friday night, you reset the board and so, really, it's three separate drafts."
"Certainly you know a lot more on Day 2 than you did on Day 1 and Day 3 on Day 2," he continued. "Players get picked, players come off the board and you're not working with as many names. But the process is kinda the same, you just reset the board."
Last year, the Patriots saw Alabama quarterback Mac Jones fall into their laps at No. 15. This year, the Patriots have the No. 21 overall pick and could do just about anything with it.
The first round of the draft kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday night.