New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick put together a class of eight rookies, with four players on offense and four on defense. The biggest addition? It has to be Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who went in the first round. The biggest surprise? The Patriots didn’t pick a receiver until the seventh round, when director of football research Ernie Adams made the selection, his last with the team. (Technically, that means Belichick didn’t even pick a receiver.)
So let’s dive into what Belichick had to say about his rookie class. Here’s what the Patriots coach said when detailing what there is to like about each rookie.