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Bill Belichick joining Pat McAfee for NFL draft-day coverage

Bill Belichick, known as a man of few words while the head coach of the New England Patriots, apparently is ready to share his thoughts about next week’s NFL draft.

Belichick will be part of the team on “The Pat McAfee Show Draft Spectacular,” to air the opening night of the draft on ESPN+, the host announced Wednesday.

The draft will be held April 25-27 in Detroit.

“I’m looking forward to it,” a relaxed-looking Belichick told McAfee. “Draft weekend’s always an exciting time for everybody — for the teams that are building their teams and for the fans and for everybody involved in it, so you know it’s a great event and, yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing it, you know, from the other side. It will be fun to be in Detroit.”

Belichick, known for his frequent trades during the draft, said he expects to chip in what he knows about draft-day dealing.

“I think I can, you know, give a little insight into maybe what the conversations will be in those rounds,” he said. “I’ve made a few trades.”

Belichick and the Patriots agreed to part ways in January, and he was not hired to fill a vacancy during the 2024 coaching cycle. It is widely anticipated that Belichick, who turned 72 on Tuesday, will wind up working in TV in some capacity this fall.

The architect of six Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, Belichick built a 302-165 career record with the Patriots (2000-23) and Cleveland Browns (1991-95).