What it's like to trade with Bill Belichick during NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 23, 2019 - 10:44 am

In general, Bill Belichick doesn't like to mess around and has no time for nonsense.

The same can be said for how he negotiates trades during the NFL draft.

“Bill’s very cut-to-the-chase, as you can imagine,” former Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik said on a recent Sirius XM media conference call. “I’ve done three or four trades with Bill, and everything is just like, ‘Get to the point, let’s go. Are you in? Do you want to do this or not?’ He’s not going to sit around and wait. I actually loved that. He got right to the point.”

Over the years, Belichick has made a ton of trades, both moving up and down as he's a master of the draft board.

This year, the Patriots have 12 selections overall, including six in the top 101, which gives them the flexibility to really do whatever they want. If there's a player they really like in the first round they have the ability to move up and get him, or they can trade back and pick up multiple second and third-round selections.

The NFL draft begins Thursday night.

Related: Patriots seven-round mock draft: Who team could select, plus a trade or two