FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach BIll Belichick held a press conference to wrap up the Patriots' draft, and he opened on a light note.
"Who would have ever thought you would be covering a Bill Belichick draft with no offensive linemen, defensive linemen, or tight ends taken?" he said to the reporters sitting in front of him.
The Patriots selected three linebackers, two defensive backs, one quarterback, and one receiver/special teams player.
A few points of note from Belichick's post-draft press conference, which focused on the second day of the draft (rounds 3-7):
He pointed out the absence of the late Bucko Kilroy in the team's draft room, noting that Kilroy was in the team's thoughts. "He's been such a pillar here for so long, particularly as it relates to the draft," he said.
The trade with the Chargers in the third round came late. "We had [Shawn] Crable on the line and we were actually going to take him with that first pick and San Diego kind of swooped in there and made the trade and we picked up a second-round pick next year," Belichick said.
Belichick sees a lot of Pierre Woods in Crable. "They're both tall, very rangy, fast, good special teams players," he said.
On QB Kevin O'Connell: "A big, strong, athletic quarterback. Runs well. Very athletic. He played on a passing team in a passing league, in all honesty not behind a real good line. So he was kind of on the run a little bit. I thought he held in there and did a pretty good job of being productive and making good decisions, and a lot of times he was under a lot of pressure."
Belichick was on campus at Auburn along with defensive coordinator Dean Pees, vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli and director of player personnel Nick Caserio, and part of their visit was to see CB Jason Wilhite. He said there are some similarities between Wilhite and second-round CB Terrence Wheatley.
On fifth-rounder Matthew Slater: "He's been a very productive special teams player and high quality, a great character kid. Comes from obviously a good family."
Belichick said the Patriots had been charting sixth-round pick Bo Ruud for a few years at Nebraska as they had visited campus to see other prospects. "He's another guy with some good size, runs well, and is a real competitive, smart kid -- and I think he has a little bit of position flexibility for us on the inside positions as well."