Why owner Robert Kraft’s comments on the draft are right

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – APRIL 29: Mac Jones poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell onstage after being selected 15th by the New England Patriots during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Owner Robert Kraft has once again stepped out of the shadows and commented on the team’s football operation, politely slamming the team’s four drafts prior to 2021. Kraft made it crystal clear that he was not satisfied with the output from those drafts and his comments were absolutely correct. Those drafts were terrible.

If this looks like a blunt critique of Bill Belichick and his personnel operation, it was indeed. It was also justifiable. This team has been drafting poorly and bizarrely for decades, really. The 2021 great draft was an outlier, plain and simple. That draft delivered three studs in Mac Jones, Christian Barmore, and Rhamondre Stevenson. It may get even better if injured redshirt linebacker from Michigan, Cameron McGrone, comes back healthy. He may be a player.

So let’s take close look at Mr. Kraft’s comments and analyze why they were right on target. The record speaks loudly and for itself and it’s not a great audio soundbite at all for the Patriots’ personnel operation. The facts speak for themselves, as it were.

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