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New England Patriots links 4/30/18 - 2018 NFL Draft: Fan expectations vs. Belichick value

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: From Baker Mayfield to Danny Etlling, Patriots covered bases at QB; NFL defensive coordinator: The 2018 draft was top-heavy on defense but thin on talent from an overall perspective compared to past years; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Results of Patriots draft were not what was expected.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday News; AFC Notes: Pats held their Day 2 presser immediately after the 2nd round, signaling they weren’t interested in getting involved in the 3rd.
  • Nick O’Malley introduces us to the 2018 Patriots draft class, highlighing the eight players he wasn’t expecting and the one he was.
  • Doug Kyed takes an early stab at a post-draft 53-man roster projection: Fierce competition expected.
  • Mike Reiss cleans out his Day 1 Draft Notebook: Patriots ultimately didn’t see Lamar Jackson as a first-round target; More.
  • Doug Kyed looks at what to make of the Patriots’ strange draft and their lack of interest in QBs.
  • Michael Hurley says Tom Brady may ultimately find it difficult to play through age 45, but he’s going to have to at least make it through age 42. And probably 43. /Has Brady even officially committed yet?
  • Kevin Duffy analyzes this year’s draft to understand what was behind the Patriots’ unexpected strategy.
  • Phil Perry calls Miami slot machine Braxton Berrios a true slot receiver with plenty of punt-return ability, and mentions that Bill Belichick was there in person for his pro day.
  • Ryan Hannable finds it puzzling the Patriots didn’t address the front 7 in the first three rounds.
  • Christopher Simoneau (FullPressCoverage) Patriots trading for future picks isn’t a bad thing.
  • Zack Cox keeps track of the Patriots’ undrafted free agent signings.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady was spotted Friday, getting in an offseason workout at UCLA and generating some social-media buzz.
  • Mike Reiss address his Patriots Mailbag: Given the Ragnow trade-up rumor & eventual Wynn pick, do you think they would’ve passed on Evans if he was still there at 23?
  • Evan Lazar posted a Twitter thread (including highlight clips) after studying the entire Patriots draft. /Well worth a perusal.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots 2018 draft recap. Handy depth-chart included.
  • CBS Boston recaps everything the Patriots did at the 2018 NFL draft.
  • Ryan Hannable observes that the chaos with the Patriots this offseason appears to be dying down, especially following this weekend. /’Up and vanished like a fart in the wind...’


  • Albert Breer (SI) Draft an heir for Brady? Looks like Patriots will wait till next year.
  • Dan Hatman (Inside the Pylon) Top player-team fits from Day One. Isaiah Wynn: “New England will give him a chance to remain in the position he proved capable of while pairing him with an elite OL coach in Dante Scarnecchia.”
  • Susan Miller Degnan (Miami Herald) Who is UM Hurricanes receiver Braxton Berrios, drafted by the New England Patriots?
  • AP Report (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Two Bulldogs ready to adopt Patriots way.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: 2018 Draft: Magnets, Mayfield and the Browns’ big secret.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The 2018 NFL draft awards. The Trade Like You’re Playing Madden Dynasty Mode Award: New England Patriots.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) 2018 NFL draft grades: Analysis of all 32 teams. Patriots earn an A+. “The grade below has nothing to do with the trades and everything to do with a once-again Super Bowl ready franchise having the wisdom to build around its legendary MVP QB rather than taking guesses at how to one day replace him.”
  • Chad Reuter ( 2018 NFL Draft: Final quick-snap grades for all 32 teams. Patriots earn A for Days 1-3 and an Overall A grade. “Bentley and Sam were picks the Patriots needed to make to aid the second level of their defense.”
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) 2018 NFL draft grades for all 32 teams. Patriots: B. “The Patriots did a lot of moving up and down this draft...”
  • Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) All 32 NFL team’s 2018 NFL draft grades. Patriots overall grade: Above average.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Final 2018 NFL draft grades. Patriots: C. “Bill Belichick’s moves could pay off down the line, but it’s hard to get excited now.”
  • Gary Grammling (SI) 10 Things I think I think: It’s time to abolish the rookie wage scale; why the Ravens desperately needed Lamar Jackson, and Saquon Barkley is not solely a running back.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Four teams that patched their biggest holes in the NFL draft. Patriots: Protecting Tom Brady.
  • Albert Breer (SI) 2018 draft: Five most intriguing teams.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Debrief: Teams that improved the most at the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) 2018 NFL Draft: The 10 biggest surprises.
  • Elliot Harrison ( Best and most worrisome picks from the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The NFL Draft’s first round is a case study in positional value.
  • Don Banks ( Snap Judgments: NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3 and Rounds 4-7.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Post-NFL draft storylines: How will the late-round quarterbacks factor in? “If Bill Belichick found Tom Brady’s replacement with the 219th pick 18 years after taking Brady with the 199th, the Hall of Fame will cease to be sufficient reward, and they should rename the league after Belichick.”
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Biggest post-draft questions for all 32 teams. Did the Patriots do enough to help their linebacker corps?
  • Mike Reiss and Michael Rothstein (ESPN) Patriots spin off 2nd-round picks in trades with Lions, Bears. /Oh my...
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots have made more trades than picks thus far.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Traded draft picks are becoming the norm.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) What happened to New England’s interest in Lamar Jackson? “Did the Ravens become more interested in Jackson because the Patriots were pretending to want him? We’ll never know the truth because no one would ever admit that. Still, there’s a chance that New England feigned interest in Jackson in order to get someone else to take a swing on a guy Bill Belichick privately thinks will be a bust.”
  • Joseph Ferraiola (Inside the Pylon) 2018 NFL Draft Running Back Rankings: 10-1. 4. Sony Michel.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Analytics saying not to draft a running back are “nonsense,” “a crock”.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) How many first-round quarterbacks will be busts?
  • Gil Brandt ( Top undrafted free agents following the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • David Purdum (ESPN) Vegas favors Patriots to lead NFL in wins next season.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady works out at UCLA on Friday.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Both draft broadcasts draw strong rating, but FOX eats into ESPN’s lead.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Sparse crowd for third day of draft.