NFL DRAFT COVERAGE

Bedard: Draft another example of how Belichick (almost) always leaves himself options

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH — We'll get to the complaints about how the Patriots didn't address their defense, which was last seen not being able to stop a nosebleed in Super Bowl LII, in a minute.

Same with how the Patriots seemingly have 13 running backs to share, the last time we checked, one football in a crowded backfield. More offense?

But first, we just have to stop and marvel at the remarkable consistency from One Patriot Place. If there's one thing you can count on when it comes to Bill Belichick and the team-building process, it's this: the man always leaves himself options.

OK, maybe not always. He left himself beholden to Tom Brady at the quarterback position after the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo. That's been a little problematic to this point in the offseason, but likely won't be in short order.

But, in general, Belichick always leaves himself an out.

And so went Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft.