Does Belichick see himself in Mallett?

Patriots take a chance on divisive QB prospect who made a connection with coach

Updated: April 30, 2011, 2:44 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The NFL draft is annually filled with unpredictable stories like the one that unfolded Friday night, when a three-time Super Bowl winning coach -- seeing a little bit of himself in a talented, free-falling, highly scrutinized quarterback -- opened the doors of his locker room to someone most teams were running away from.

To say Bill Belichick's selection of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett in the third round sent shockwaves across the NFL would be an overstatement. ...

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