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Many New England Patriots fans were left scratching their collective heads following the 2014 NFL draft. Why didn’t the Patriots draft a tight end? Why did they draft a quarterback in the second round? Why did they draft so many offensive linemen?
Gasoline was only added to the fire of burning questions later in the week when director of college scouting Jon Robinson decided to leave the team and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the same role.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston claims there is no connection between the odd draft strategy and the departure of Robinson. Reiss says, “This is about relationships and upward mobility.”
Reiss goes on to explain that Robinson was brought into the Patriots organization in 2002 with the help of a strong recommendation from Jason Licht, the then-national scout. Licht is now the general manager of the Buccaneers and wants to surround himself with people he knows and trusts, enter Robinson.
Reiss furthers his argument by adding that Robinson had little room for upward career mobility as Nick Caserio is firmly entrenched in his current position.
So despite all the conspiracy theorists that want to equate Robinson’s departure with the odd nature of New England’s draft it is just business as usual.