ペイトリオッツの2019年ドラフト選手について、1~3巡目指名の5選手の記者会見を順番にチェックしてきました。ここで、選手ではなくチームのフロントの話も聞いてみましょう。ニック・カセリオ(Nick Caserio)の記者会見を紹介します。

ニック・カセリオのペイトリオッツにおける役職名は、「director of player personnel(=選手人事部門の部長)」。トム・ブレイディがシーズン50TDパスを投げた年には、WRコーチをしていました。2008年以降は現職です。(事実上GM職をビル・ベリチックHCが兼任するペイトリオッツにとって、ニック・カセリオは「事実上のGM補佐」というイメージでしょうか)参考記事↓

Who is Nick Caserio? | Boston.com







Q: When it comes to Joejuan, with the size obviously, do you feel like you had to react to a trend around the league where receivers are getting bigger and tight ends are essentially big receivers as well?

Nick Caserio: Yeah, Bill [Belichick] mentioned that I think last week in his press conference. I wouldn't say that was an overriding factor. There actually aren't a lot of players in the league with those types of measurables. (中略)

So, I wouldn't say necessarily that because we're playing against this, we need this. You start to do that and there might not be an application. You just actually look at the player and then say for his size, he has a pretty unique skill level relative to playing the corner position. So I wouldn't say necessarily it's in response to that. He's probably unique relative to other players at the position whether it's safety or corner. Like I said, if we were to look at this, which we haven't ? we have, but we haven't ? there aren't a lot of players in the secondary with his size, height/weight combination.







Q: If you look the roster, people would say entering the draft cornerback was already pretty well stocked and running back as well. Why pick those positions over tight end? How do you feel about the tight end position right now?

NC: It's the same as we do every year. We look at what's up there, we look at our options and we pick the players that we think are going to fit our team the best. We're not necessarily worried about what position they play. If you build up enough good football players over the course of time, then hopefully you put yourself in a good position. As we all know, there are other opportunities to add players to our team.

 Q:チームのロースターを見れば、CBはドラフト前の時点ですでに十分な層の厚さで、RBも同様だとファンは思ったでしょう。なぜTEよりもCBやRBを優先して指名したのでしょう? チームのTEのポジションについて現在どのように感じていますか?




Q: Are you comfortable with the tight end depth chart as it is right now?

NC: We're comfortable with the players on our team otherwise they wouldn't be here.




Q: How much do you value, with Joejuan, that he went up against A.J. Brown and Miles Boykin, the guys at Georgia who play high-level competition?

NC: One of the things you try to do with most players regardless of the position they play is watch them against the best competition possible because that's a little bit more of an indication of what they're going to see on a weekly basis. As we all know, in the SEC there's a lot of good players.






Q: Based on the conference call, all of the players sound like really smart people. Do you not even consider players who aren't smart?

NC: Depends on what your definition of smart is. Look, the personal character makeup which encompasses their intelligence - in the end, it's about playing football, so how well they play football - but there's also a measure of, okay, they're going to get a lot of information so some can handle more information than others.(中略)

Every player is different and once they get here, you start the process. Even if a person is smart or we perceive him as smart, maybe he has a little bit of trouble initially grasping a concept or the technique is new for him and he has a hard time adapting or adjusting. But we look at all the attributes that go into their profile and the intelligence level of a player because ultimately, things change, right? (中略)

we have to adjust in-game, we've got to go to something else. So, can a player adapt quickly enough? So, the more players like that that you have on your team in your system, it just gives you an opportunity to make some of those adjustments and changes. It's more a credit to them and their coaches and their family and their background, how they were raised. Look, we have no impact on that. That's all we can do is evaluate it, but it's certainly an important part of our process.



ニック・カセリオ:賢さの定義によるかな。まあ、インテリジェンスを形作る個人の性格というか・・・ 結局、やってるのはフットボールだ。だから、フットボールをうまくできてるかどうか(が賢さと言える)・・・そうだな、選手たちはこれから、たくさんの情報を教え込まれる。その時に、ある選手はほかの選手より、多くの情報を処理できるとしよう。






Q: Chase Winovich described his interactions with your staff as limited during the process, so is it fair to say you got the sense very quickly that he would be a player that could handle a lot on his plate and had that mental adaptability that you seek?

NC: Yeah, there's different checkpoints and areas that you accumulate the information. It's not like we never saw the guy before, so you just take the information that you accumulate over the course of time and you feel comfortable or if you're not comfortable and you need more, you try to get more. Eventually you have to make a decision about well, here's where the player is and we're comfortable with it, and then we just move on to the next guy because we have to allocate time and resources to somebody else. I would say that if we weren't comfortable then we wouldn't have picked him.





Q: Do you have a sense of whether or not Yodny Cajuste could play on both sides?

NC:He's primarily played on the left side, Tom [Curran]. As you know with the offensive line, when they're on the field, they're going to play a lot of different spots. It's like when we drafted Nate [Solder] in whatever year that was. He played left tackle at Colorado. Well, his first year [in New England], he basically was the third tackle, jumbo tight end and he was playing right tackle. [Sebastian] Vollmer, Vollmer played left tackle primarily at Houston, he ended up playing both sides [in New England]. Trent Brown didn't play left tackle until he came into our program. So whatever their background is, that might be where their experience level is, so if we try them somewhere else, we'll see if they can handle it. (中略)

Nothing's going to be predetermined. Their experience is what you see, but how that projects, we'll find out when he gets here.





※ネイト・ソルダーは2011年ドラフト1巡目、全体17位で指名(2018年からジャイアンツでプレー)。文中の「third tackle, jumbo tight end」は、通常5人のラインマンに加えて3人目のタックル、TEの位置にタックルの選手が入る場合の呼び方かと思います。セバスチャン・ボルマーは2009年入団(2016年シーズンまでプレー)。トレント・ブラウンは2018年に49ersからトレードでペイトリオッツに加入。2019年からはレイダーズでプレーする。原文では、彼らあとマット・ライトの例も話していました。マット・ライトの場合は、「試した結果それまでと同様のLTがベストと判断した」とのことでした。


Q: When you're adding depth to the backfield, do you want to add players who have very similar skill sets so if one gets hurt, you have a direct backup? Or do you want guys who bring different things to the table?

NC: The more versatile you are, the more you can do, then that's going to enhance your ability to do more things. Guys like [Rex] Burkhead are versatile. He can run, he can catch, he can block. Sony [Michel]'s a good runner, James [White] is a good runner in his own way and he excels as a receiver. The game is sort of evolving here a little bit so if you can put a guy out there and he can do more than one thing, then that kind of gives you an advantage. (中略)

In Damien [Harris]'s case, he probably has some of those same types of qualities, so we'll see how it fits when he gets here.

 Q:RB陣にデプスを加えたい時、万が一のケガを考慮して似たタイプのバックアップ選手が欲しいですか? それとも別の要素をユニットに持ち込める選手を求めますか?















① #56+#101をラムズ所有の#45とトレード。#45でDBジョワーン・ウィリアムズを指名。
② #64をシーホークスの#77+#118とトレード。
③ #73+#205をベアーズの#87+#162+2020年の4巡目とトレード。
④ #77でEDGEチェイス・ウィノヴィッチを指名
⑤ #87でRBダミアン・ハリスを指名
⑥ #97+#162をラムズの#101+#133とトレード
⑦ #101でOLヤドニー・カジューストを指名

(参考記事→Draft Day 2: Four picks, four trades for Patriots

「トレードアップ」、「トレードダウン」、「翌年の指名権を含めた複数交換」と、「ハットトリック」と紹介していたメディアもあったように思います。ややこしいですね・・・ 正直言って僕には「うまくやった」のか「無駄に動いた」のかよくわかりません。




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