Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was at a draft news conference, and gave a glimpse of what goes into the draft process for the Patriots today.

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Caserio said there are two goals when it comes to player evaluation: (1) get it right, and (2) the sooner you can complete an evaluation, the better.

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Caserio used Julian Edelman and Sebastian Vollmer as two examples on the importance of putting players through pre-draft individual workouts; he said Edelman was worked out not just as a wide receiver, but as a running back also. ¬†He said “we’re just trying to make sure we have the most accurate picture of the player possible.”

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On the predraft process, Caserio said there is “a projection element; you’re talking about the unknown. ¬†You’re like a chef. ¬†You’re taking all the ingredients and you’re putting it together.”

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Caserio also said one thing the team does is to find a pro player that is similar to the prospect – and then spend time on that comparable player’s college tape.

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In terms of positions, Caserio said that offensive linemen and running backs are two examples where teams can really benefit from individual workouts. ¬†He also said that “the number of workouts this year are no different than the ones we’ve had in the past.”

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Caserio also explained how the Pats use a fictional draft card:

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Caserio also said that the Patriots start out by evaluating over a thousand players, starting a year before the draft, before whittling their initial draft board down in December.  They start to stack guys in the spring and then start to move players on the board.

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