Nick Caserio explains how early playoff exit impacts Patriots coaches when it comes to NFL Draft

Ryan Hannable
February 26, 2020 - 11:42 am
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INDIANAPOLIS -- There aren't many positives to an early playoff exit like the Patriots had this past season when they lost to the Titans on Wild Card Weekend, but the team has used the extra time off to their advantage in certain areas.

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One of those areas is the draft, as director of player personnel Nick Caserio said the coaching staff has been more involved in the pre-draft process.

“Our staff has really spent a lot of time on this draft going back to last spring," Caserio said to Patriots.com. "Our college staff does a great job, spirited by Monti Ossenfort, Brandon Yeargan and Matt Groh, those guys. Our coaching staff will probably be more involved in the process. They have had the opportunity to get involved maybe a little bit more here initially at the beginning, right before the combine here.

"We’re in a good spot. Like I said, our staff has done a great job preparing everybody. For the time being we’re in a pretty good spot.”

The Patriots always bring almost their entire coaching staff to the combine, but this year some of them got a head start getting to know players at the Senior Bowl and now have a better idea of who they are looking at.

New England picks No. 23 overall, but then as of now doesn't have another selection until Round 3.

Related: Why Bill Belichick wasn't at the NFL Combine Tuesday