New England Patriots

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text "ON THE CLOCK" for the New England Patriots during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

For any NFL team, the draft process is massive. It’s not just about the coach and general manager. There are also scouting directors, area scouts, national scouts, and more.

However, not everybody involved in the pre-draft process will be in the draft room when the team is on the clock. It’s up to those scouts to feed information to the group of decision makers the team has in the room, who will ultimately make the pick.

  • The Patriots’ draft room in generally considered to be smaller than most. Over the weekend we got an idea of who will be in the room for the Patriots this year from ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

    In his Sunday notes column, Reiss highlighted Patriots director of college scouting Camren Williams. Williams, 29, was promoted to that job last year after holding various scouting jobs with the team since 2016.

    According to Reiss, Williams ‘is expected to be one of the few from the personnel department in the team’s small draft room,” which would make sense given his title. Reiss also lists director of player personnel Matt Groh, director of scouting Eliot Wolf, and pro scouting director Steve Cargile as others expected to be in the room from that department. He also mentions there will be “possibly a few others.”

    Who could those others be? In the past, football research director Ernie Adams had been heavily involved in the draft process. In his new, yet to be publicly named role, Joe Judge is believed to have some similar responsibilities to Adams’ old role, so he could be in attendance with head coach and general manager Bill Belichick. Linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, who it’s been suggested will have a larger role with the organization both this season and in the future, would be another logical candidate to be in the room.

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