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posted 04.05.2011 at 2.50 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Will Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots Draft Will Yeatman?

The idea, floated here by the Boston Herald's New England Patriots blog, makes perfect sense to me.

We all know of Bill Belichick's connections to lacrosse. He played in college at Wesleyan. His son, Stephen, is a senior defenseman at Rutgers and his daughter, Amanda is in her first season as an assistant coach at Ohio State.

Belichick always seems to be hanging around a lacrosse field like reportedly Sunday at the Big City Classic at New Meadowlands Stadium. Or he's trying to mix lacrosse and football when he gets the chance, like after the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts during the regular season in November — when he spent postgame at Gillette Stadium tossing around with Paul Rabil.

How much do you think Belichick, if given the chance, would love to merge his two lives in a business sense, bringing a former college lacrosse player into a professional football training camp? I think a lot. And he'll have the chance with Yeatman, who likely if anything would be a late-round NFL pick as a projected blocking tight end or tackle.

Yeatman, who played lacrosse and football at Maryland and Notre Dame, was in the original tryout pool for the 2010 U.S. National Team and was a two-time US Lacrosse All-American at Rancho Bernardo (Calif.). But he is committed now to a football career and has pro potential, as pointed out by the National Football Post's Wes Bunting.

Yeatman also originally played football at Notre Dame for former Belichick assistant and Irish head coach Charlie Weis. Of course, Yeatman got into some trouble during his time spent in South Bend and transferred to Maryland, so don't know if that would have an influence on a potential Weis recommendation for Belichick's draft files. Or Belichick's desire to draft Yeatman. 

This just seems like the type of "project player" Belichick would love to see pan out as a success. And, maybe as important, The Hoodie would have someone to play lacrosse with at training camp if the NFL lockout ever ends.

The NFL Draft runs April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.