It may not really be funny, or fair, but a part of me still just has to laugh.
For one thing, in the midst of this whole upside-down NFL off-season, Bill Belichick's blowing of mock-draft minds everywhere fit perfectly with the general chaos and overall ridiculousness of even having a draft when the rookies can't report to their assigned teams' facilities due to a labor lockout.
Another way in which I chuckle about this draft is in recognition. I've been among those tasked with putting together draft boards and making educated guesses writing for other sites in previous years, flying by the seat of my pants and trying to guess what the ultmate unpredictable mind in football was going to think of next. Every time I tried to identify positions of need and likely picks for the Patriots in the draft, the results were, in the end, hardly worth the pixels required to display them, or the electricity and light signals required to bring them to their audience.
The Patriots work to make it so that others in the league with them, so that beat writers with inside sources, are thrown off the trail of what they're really doing. And none of us, not the pros or any of us out in TV Land, really has a chance. Not with this head coach. So, for me it was amusing, more than a little reassuring, and even a bit comfortingly familiar, to see all that borne out again this year.
As for the picks themselves, well...