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Patriots did a lot of work on James O’Shaughnessy before trading with Chiefs

KC Chiefs GM John Dorsey always talks about going through the draft process and not getting stuck on one guy. We asked him about scouting more quarterbacks this year in the pre-draft process and he said that’s just perception and that they scout everyone every year.

The Patriots provided a good example of why you do your work on so many players. You never know when it will pay off.

“Just when you go through your draft process, your evaluation process, you never really know when a player may or may not come up,” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said. “He was a player we had done quite a bit of work on, as well. Worked him out, spent some time with him, so he was available. We thought it was an opportunity to add another player to our team, so we made that kind of fifth to sixth.”

If the Patriots hadn’t done their work on O’Shaughnessy two years before the 2015 draft, they’re probably not prepared to trade for him in the middle of the draft. That’s part of the reason why you see the Pats and the Chiefs and Dorsey turning over every stone. You never know when it will come up.

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