New England Patriots Links 4/08/10 - Organized Team Activities Schedule Announced

Mike Wright just received a nice $925,000 bump to his base salary. No wonder he's smiling.

Christopher Price lists the dates for the Patriots 'organized team activities':  May 24-27, June 1-4, June 7-8 and June 10-11.

The Patriots are scheduled to use 12 of the 14 practice days that have been allotted to them by the league. Each of the practices are to be voluntary and non-contact, and 90 or fewer minutes in length. The practices closed to the public, but it’s the first chance for the media to see the 2010 team together in a football setting.

Christopher Price reports four Patriots saw a boost in their base salaries, triggered by incentives in their contracts.

Two rookies saw a boost — tackle Sebastian Vollmer went from $395,000 to $420,000, a bump of $25,000, while cornerback Darius Butler went from $395,000 to $545,000, an increase of $150,000. Two veterans also benefited greatly, as safety Brandon McGowan went from $730,000 to $1,330,000 and defensive lineman Mike Wright moved from $1,200,000 to $2,125,000.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News) Draft overview.

Size could be the watchword in the first round of the 2010 draft. With only a small handful of worthy players at the skill positions (quarterback, running back, wide receiver), look for teams to focus on the offensive and defensive lines in the first 32 picks. Ends and pass rushers are always at a premium in the opening round, and tackle is the deepest defensive position on this draft board.

On the offensive side, the tackle board is heavy at the top. There could be two in the top 5, and as many as six in the first round. But it falls off dramatically from there. The interior offensive line, running back and quarterback boards also are thin. Tight end is the deepest position on the offensive side with the quality running deep into the fifth and sixth rounds. Also look for wide receiver to be a position of value and strength in the middle rounds.

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