Two months ago, the Patriots promoted Matt Groh from the director of university scouting to the highest position in their front office.
On Friday, Groh met with reporters for the first time, asking questions about the draft, his new role as director of gaming staff, and Patriots’ highest needs. Groh commented indirectly on the NFL offseason.
“Wherever teams can add players with the immediate impact of what these wide receivers are in play today, they will do so. You can’t just sit there, wait and hope to get one of these guys on draft, “he said. “You have to be proactive.”
In this regard, the Patriots won the former Dolphins selection in the first round of DeVante Parker, but drafted only one wide selection in the first round under Bill Belichick. This first round player, N’Keal Harry, has since dropped out since joining the team in 2019. Nevertheless, several draft experts predict that the Patriots could get another first round receiver and Groh seemed optimistic in the upcoming class.
“These kids play a lot earlier, they improve their running route, they catch the ball better, all things like that,” Groh said. “With the growth of the game and the popularity of the game, the children want to do it – they want to score touchdowns. … We have another great class of wide receivers this year and I think it will continue to come. There will be more and more guys like that every year. “
Groh believes that this proposal has a value “across the board”, notes that several seniors in the sixth year could hear their names in the first round; a rarity in any concept except those that followed the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, he indicated that the priority will be to rebuild the team’s offensive. Mike Onwen’s three-year reserve is expected to occupy one of the vacant starting guard positions, with the other available.
“We can’t be caught in any of these positions,” Groh said. “It’s very high – trying to find guys, whether it’s a guy who’s a college practitioner who will play the next level guard. Or does the guy have multiple values to be the initial guardian of the backup right gear? ”
Groh later confirmed that Belichick was still the real general manager of the team. Belichick will make the final match on the night of the draft, as well as throughout his term. But that’s fine with Groh, who joined the organization as a scouting assistant in 2011, then worked his way up to a regional scout and a national scout while leading the university scouting department last year.
As he worked more closely with Belichick than ever before, he said, “I absolutely love it.”