Maybe it's just me but I really feel like these past 2 drafts have been much better than the drafts we saw when Belichik and Pioli were working together the past 5 years. Obviously we won't know for a few more years whether or not he was able to reload with the talent they need to be a championship quality team for the next 4-5 years, but I really like what I saw from last year's draft class and i loved this draft, and in working these drafts they set themselves up first for a great draft this year, and then for another next year. Frustrating as it is to watch, especially when everyone is jonesing for a pass rusher at OLB, i thought Belichik worked the 09" draft beautifully, and while the Brace choice is still questionable I think that they hit the jackpot on Chung, Butler, and Vollmer. I loved the McKenzie pick and Tate was considered first round talent if healthy. Moving down they also got production out of Pryor replaced Paxton with Ingram, and Edelman was a true find who will turn into a really good WR this season. In the 2010 draft they again frustrated many by overlooking OLB in the 1st and going with a CB, but i thought McCourty was the best CB in this draft and loved the pick when they made it. I have reservation s about Cunningham making an impact any time soon and thought he was the most questionable choice they made, but I thought the league was way off about Spikes and allowing a bad 40 time to dictate your decision on an all american ILB is foolish. Spikes knows the game and his instincts and reads will trump any questions about 40 times. He should see a good deal of playing time right out of the gate and will join an excellent ILB rotation. The Taylor Price selection was another great choice imo and i won't be surprised if he's the best rookie WR in this class, he has excellent speed, decent size, really good hands, and his primary drawback was the offense he played in. I like Larsen as a project to eventually replace Koppen, i thought using a 5th for the best punter in the draft was wise, and i liked the late flyers on deadrick and weston. Overall I believe Belichik is doing a really good job rebuilding the team into another championship team while staying in the hunt in the process. they lost a number of exceptional leaders and replaccing them on the fly is no small feat, however it seems like a number of their draftees have the leadership qualities that will eventually be able to fill that void as well as they could have hoped. Bottom line, i'm wondering, despite my respect for Pioli, if it's easier for Belichik to run the draft's and get the right players and make the right moves without going back and forth with Pioli during the process. My understanding was that they debated choices as they came up during the draft and wouldn't take a player unless they both agreed on them, which strikes me as unwieldy and a block to getting things done quickly, which can be necessary during a draft.