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What does draft picks have to do with athleticism? The Patriots discovered great value finding Jones and Jackson, no doubt largely due to their very good and undervalued athleticism that other teams overlooked. It’s almost as if you’re making my point for me.
And yes, I’m digging a massive hole suggesting pro athletes benefit from being bigger, faster, quicker and stronger... I’m way out on a limb.
Why are you changing the subject? We're talking about the Draft and how worthless combine measurables are to drafting players who have NFL success later. All 3 dbacks you mentioned, the Patriots had to get via trade or undrafted free agents. Because we have a total graveyard of high draft picks at CB and WR who are terrible, and it's because of really dumb reliance on combine metrics to justify the pick by idiots in the front office who don't understand statistics. (problem fixed now but before). We had to find CBs (Gilmore, Revis, JC, Jones, Butler) and WRs (Welker, Edelman, Meyers) elsewhere because we sucked at drafting CBs and WRs for 17 years since Deion Branch and Asante Samuel. Once these udfa playera are put in front of Belichick he's able to look at 50 guys and find the 1 who can play and make the roster.