More from BB on Mayo

Posted on April 26, 2008 
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Here’s the rest of Belichick on Jerod Mayo:

On the three third-round picks possibly changing their approach…
I wouldn’t rule anything out. We’re not afraid to trade them, one way or another. We’ll just see how it goes — we’ll take each situation as it comes up. Whether than means moving up to the second or taking players or looking at next year, we’ve done all those things. I don’t know how it’s going to go. I don’t know what the options are going to be. We’ll evaluate whichever ones come up and do what we think is best for the football team.

When was Mayo first on your radar?
Really, after the juniors declared and he had a very good combine workout. He was a guy that I think everybody scouted in the SEC, that scouted that conference, knew about. He’s a very productive player down there for Tennessee, and has been for a couple of years now. He had a good workout. He was a productive player in every game. He’s a versatile guy. We brought him up and visited with him. He’s a very intelligent player. He’s a good football player. He’s smart. He understands schemes and concepts. He runs the defense, makes the calls, and makes adjustments. I think he has a lot to offer.

On possibly getting better inside last season…
I think he was pretty good when he was outside. He played both Mike and Sam — those are 4-3, off-the-line positions, and in our 3-4 defense, we have only two off-the-line positions. But we sometimes adjust the front and he plays in those different spots and so forth. But he certainly improved over the course of the year. But he was pretty good at the start of the year, and he was pretty good last year and he was pretty good the year before that as well. He’s been a very productive player in a top program in a top conference at a couple of different spots, and that includes against the run and against the pass and in fourth down and in the kicking game. I don’t think there’s much more he could have done.

On his knee surgeries – are they a concern?
No, no. Of course not. Our doctors feel fine about him. I wish my good knees were as good as his bad ones. [laughs] I think he’s healthy, he’s been a very durable guy and a very productive player.

On his role next year?
We’ll put him out there with everybody else and we’ll see how it goes.

On whether or not he’s ranked higher than linebackers in past drafts?
He’s one of the better linebackers we’ve seen in a while. We haven’t been picking at this point in the draft, either. I’m glad we’re picking him where we were and for the right reasons. I’m sure there have been other good players than have come through the last couple of years, but they were so far away from where they were getting picked, there wasn’t much consideration.

On not drafting linebackers early —- what Mayo offers that some others might not…
It just worked out that way. It’s not a grand plan to take them or not take them. We evaluate all the players, grade them and then when you pick, you take a look at the players that are available and do what’s best for the football team. It worked out that way this year — it could have worked out differently in other years. That’s the way it fell, and whenever we pick, we do what we feel is best for the team, and sometimes, those options, we don’t control them.

On what this might mean for Seau…
That’s not really a factor.

On his improvement…
I think everybody gets better the more experience and more playing time, but he’s pretty good and he’s been pretty good. It’s not like he was no good and then, gradually … he’s been a productive player since he’s been there. And that’s a top conference and those are against some of the top players — the McFadden’s and the Georgia’s and the Florida’s. There are a lot of good football teams. I don’t think you have any problem buying into him in any of those years and any of those games.

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