New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told The Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sept. 11 he has no regrets on trading the Pats' first-round draft pick last year which could have been current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and punt returner Cordarrelle Patterson.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has no regrets on the draft day deal last year which could have landed him rising NFL star Cordarrelle Patterson.
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The Patriots traded their 29th overall pick in 2013 to the Minnesota Vikings for four draft picks. The Vikings then promptly selected the high-profile wide receiver from the University of Tennessee. For his part, Belichick told The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel on Sept. 10 the Patriots did what they thought was best for their future:
"During last years's NFL draft, the Vikings, hot and heavy for Tennessee (Volunteers) wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, traded four picks to the New England Patriots to trade back into the first round for him.
"A year later, with the teams meeting on Sunday, it looks like the deal worked out for both sides.
"The Vikings are thrilled with Patterson, who is on the verge of stardom if he isn't if he isn't there already.
"New England, meanwhile, took versatile linebacker Jamie Collins with Minnesota's 52nd overall pick, cornerback Logan Ryan with the 83rd and wide receiver Josh Boyce with the 102nd. They traded the 229th overall pick for LeGarrette Blount, who was effective in one season there.
"While the Patriots could still probably use a big-play threat on the outside -- they hope wideout Aaron Dobson may one day become that -- head coach Bill Belichick said during this morning's conference call that he had no regrets on passing on Patterson to trade down for more picks.
"'We made the decision based on what we felt was best for our team,' he said. 'That's what we always do. We felt at like at that time it would be the best thing for our team, and that's what we did.'
"So would the Patriots have drafted Patterson at No. 29 overall had the Vikings not come calling?
"'I don't know. We didn't hold onto it,' he said. 'There were a lot of good players at that point. We feel we got one with the player we picked plus the other selections we received in moving back.'"
Belichick shares coaching roots with new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer in that both men were both former defensive coordinators for Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells, per ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter Ben Goessling:
"It's Belichick, though, whose career might resonate the most with Zimmer. Both were defensive coordinators for Bill Parcells who learned many of their coaching habits from the Hall of Famer and that shared coaching lineage has made Belichick a role model for Zimmer.
"'I really don't know him personally very well. I don't know if we've ever really talked,' Zimmer said. 'But he's obviously a great coach, been a guy who I looked up to for a long time, whether when he was a coordinator for the (New York) Giants or (a head coach). I mean, I've known about him, obviously, for a while. Parcells used to talk to me about Bill quite a bit. He's been great for so many years. When he does a great job, he's very thoughtful, gets his team prepared. Does a great job in scouting and everything else.'
"Zimmer has faced Belichick three times as a defensive coordinator, winning for the first time against a Belichick team when the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Patriots 13-6 last year. He doesn't consider his first matchup against Belichick to be a 'personal challenge,' he said, but a victory against Belichick and Tom Brady at this point in the Minnesota Vikings' development would be quite a coup.
"'Obviously it's a great challenge against not only those two guys but they've got a lot of other good players too,' Zimmer said. 'We're, so far, in the infancy stages of what we're trying to do in this program that we want to go out and perform well each and every week. Like I've said before, this is the process we're trying to build here.'"
The Patriots vs. Vikings game is on Sept. 14 with a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
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