Following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday, Bill Belichick told reporters it was the last draft for legendary Patriots’ front-office member Ernie Adams. On Monday, the team released a video showing Adams’ final pick in the Patriots’ draft room.
In the video, Belichick walks those in the room through Adams’ career, mentioning he “literally wrote the book on scouting in New England.” Adams when announces the pick, and gets the honor of calling the player to let him know he’s been drafted.
So who was Adams’ final pick? That would be Tre Nixon out of UCF. Nixon may not know much about Adams’ history in New England, but given Adams’ reputation with the fans, his designation as Adams’ final pick is likely something that will stick with him during his time with the Patriots.
Adams has had success hand picking wide receivers in the seventh round before. As Belichick mentions in the video, Adams was instrumental in the team taking David Givens 253rd overall in 2002. Givens went on to win two Super Bowls in New England, and was the team’s leading receiver in 2004.
If Nixon can come close to being the player Givens was, the Patriots will have themselves a hit in the seventh round. It would be one final accomplishment to add to Adams’ impressive resume. He’s served as the Patriots’ football research director since 2000 and has worked in the NFL since 1975, often alongside Bill Belichick.
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