Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was a Patriots scout when New England made the fateful decision to draft Tom Brady.
Licht explains he was a regional scout and at least observed. Belichick was watching Brady from the 3rd round onward before taking him finally in the 6th. This makes sense. To have a 3rd round rating isn't bad especially when Brady split snaps his senior year. And again Belichick had brass balls to keep 4 QBs on the roster which was almost unheard of, and steel balls to later keep his $100M-contract Pro Bowl QB on the bench the following year for this kid.