By the end of that 2009 preseason he was callin Wallace "60minutes" and insisting the guy was going to be a gamebreaker.
I remember countering with "Yah right , Belichick wouldn't have passed on him for an injured wr if he didn't think his guy was wayyyyy better than Wallace .
In retrospect my buddy was right ....dang it.
30 other teams not named the Patriots passed on Wallace ( and if the 2009 draft was redone today - Wallace would be taken in the top 10 ...maybe top 5 ) so slammin' BB too hard over this pick isnt fair....but there are a couple things that BB at least needs to own up to regarding this particular decision .
a)The Pats needed a WR ( and took one ) -so obviously they evaluated Wallace heavily and considering the speedster was still on the board - you have to wonder what they DIDNT see in him.
b) The Pats took a flyer on an INJURED Player instead . One they knew would not be able to help them immediately .
c) Tate didn't set the world on fire in college - so I have to wonder what the Pats saw in him . I personally wasn't all that impressed with his college highlight reel ( Disclosure - I dont watch Colloge football so Im going by the limited highlights I watched of Tate before he blew out his knee )
I think BB is the best NFL coach of all time , but to be fair - he's not the best drafter , and if he was - it wouldnt be fair to the rest of the NFL .
As Patriots coach Bill Belichick prepares for the Steelers on Sunday, he says stopping receiver Mike Wallace is going to be a huge challenge for his defense.
“He’s a big-play receiver. He’s really fast,” Belichick said of Wallace. “Nobody is going to catch him, so you have to be careful about how much space he gets when he catches the ball. I think he’s improved a lot from when we played them last year, just as a football player, his patience and route technique.”
If Wallace has improved a lot from when the Patriots played him last year, that could be trouble: Last year Wallace had eight catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots.
Wallace, who leads the league with six catches of 40 or more yards, is the best deep threat in football. The Providence Journal notes that Belichick could have had Wallace in the 2009 NFL draft but instead chose receiver Brandon Tate, who’s no longer with the Patriots, with the 83rd overall pick. The Steelers took Wallace 84th. It’s fun to think about what kind of passing game the Patriots could have if they added Wallace, but suggesting now that the Patriots should have taken Wallace then sounds like 20/20 hindsight.
In any event, Belichick knows his defense has its hands full with Wallace.
“He stretches the field, but he can also take a short pass and turn it into a long run, so you have to defend him from the line of scrimmage to the back of the end zone and from sideline to sideline,” Belichick said. “He’s a tough guy to match up on.”
Wallace is one of the toughest matchup problems in the NFL.