Considering how the Patriots have always done things a little differently (i.e. not subscribing to the larger scouting services, using innovative techniques to drill prospects), I don’t think seeing anything on the team’s process would really surprise anyone. They’ve been innovative in this area, and had a lot of success handling it their way.
Their reaction to the in-depth piece was a little different, though. Courtesy of the @realpatriots official Twitter feed:
everything you read. Reports of Patriots past draft boards w/only 25
players on it is fiction & merely a small fraction of #.
Can’t remember the last time the Patriots were this public about something like this, or why they’re so sensitive about something (an anecdote in a Colorado paper, no less) that’s part of such a cloaked process. It’s interesting, to say the least.