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New England Patriots links 4/24/18 - 2018 NFL Draft: Almost every position in play for the Patriots

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  • Mark Daniels sees almost every position in play and plenty of paths to follow for the Patriots at the draft.
  • Mike Reiss ranks the Patriots’ draft need for the quarterback position at third, and lists six prospects who may be a fit for New England.
  • Karen Guregian suggests Bill Belichick may draft more than one quarterback ‘just to increase the odds of hitting it right’.
  • Adam Kurkjian believes Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta to the Patriots has become the pick that makes so much sense, the projection borders on cliche at this point.
  • Andrew Mahoney wonders which teams may be willing to trade down so the Pats can move up and get Tom Brady’s replacement.
  • Pete Davidson ranks the wide receivers in the draft to see which later-round sleepers the Patriots might go for, if they even choose to take any.
  • Mike Reiss looks at what the Patriots might be looking for at the tight end position in the draft: Need ranking, 4th.
  • Doug Kyed points out some options for the Patriots with each of their eight draft picks: Linebacker - Pass rushers.
  • Phil Perry takes a look at a few draft prospects that could meet New England’s main criteria for edge defenders: Hubbard, Ejiofor look like Belichick’s type.
  • Mike Reiss looks at what the Patriots might be looking for at the cornerback position in the draft. Need ranking: 8th, shows the team has more pressing needs.
  • Doug Kyed passes along a report that the Patriots signed free agent Ulrick John for added offensive tackle depth.
  • CBS Boston rounds up all the mock picks for one final time this year, to guess who the Patriots will draft in the first round.
  • Zack Cox ranks each of Bill Belichick’s Patriots drafts from best to worst.
  • Ben Rolfe (FullPressCoverage) Which defensive newcomer will have the biggest impact?
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) How much extra football has Tom Brady played?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Tuesday Patriots Notebook: Brady’s agent speaks out; Santos family allows fans to pay respects.
  • Mark Daniels notes agent Don Yee says Tom Brady’s intentions have not changed, despite an earlier ESPN report suggesting otherwise. “He customizes his preparation to each season in order to maximize his performance...,” Yee said. “The year he missed the first four games — that month of training on his own was particularly efficient.”
  • Ryan Hannable wonders what will it take for everyone to fully believe Tom Brady is playing in 2018? /First, for the media to stop its breathless reporting that he may not.
  • Alex Reimer says Adam Schefter’s bizarre Tom Brady report keeps looking stranger: ‘Even if he was at the mercy of his sources, did he have enough to go to print?’
  • Tom E. Curran insists Rob Gronkowski “did damage” with his ‘bizarro’ press conference Saturday.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Mike Lombardi on The Ringer’s GM Street podcast. Lombardi believes Gronk’s offseason actions are about money and shares interesting story involving his contract from years ago. /Interesting.
  • Michael Hurley wrings his hands over whether Rob Gronkowski was just having fun or if he’s trying to get himself traded. /leans towards ‘having fun.’
  • Ryan Hannable now thinks Rob Gronkowski could get traded, ‘Anything is possible.’

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