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  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes: 5 Things to Know: 1) With the draft creeping closer, the number of mock drafts and scenarios are likely to increase and it appears we’re already starting to see some of that.
  • Andrew Callahan breaks down the Patriots’ best prospect fits at linebacker, including potential Dont’a Hightower’s successor: The Pats have several options in the middle rounds at ILB and OLB, though they could be tempted earlier by Tulsa’s Zaven Collins.
  • Doug Kyed picks a defensive tackle for the Patriots in every round of the draft. Team needs more youth at DT.
  • Zack Cox evaluates Stanford QB Davis Mills potential fit in New England.
  • Tom Hanslin and The DA Show highlight NFL draft analyst Dane Brugler: “When you’re looking at this quarterback class — outside the top-five — who do you envision being a guy who can start games? And for me, that’s clearly Davis Mills out of Stanford,”
  • Matt Dolloff suggests five slot receivers for the Pats in the draft to find the next Julian Edelman.
  • Adam London relays NFL analyst Field Yates on why the Patriots should prefer Trey Lance over Mac Jones.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Former NFL GM Mike Tannebaum says Patriots would be ‘overcomplicating it’ not to target Mac Jones. /You lost me at Mike Tannenbaum.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots big board for the 2021 draft to predict who New England might select in the first three rounds: Nos. 21-30, 31-40 and 41-50.
  • Chris Mason looks at which teams ahead of the Patriots are in the market for a quarterback and what would it take to trade up?
  • Alex Barth passes along a report that the Panthers are discussing moving back from their No. 8 pick.
  • Thomas Carannante (MusketFire) What would a trade with the Panthers for the No. 8 overall pick look like?
  • Ryan Hannable is hearing that multiple teams appear willing to trade out of the top 10, which could be good for the Pats.
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Power ranking non-QB options with No. 15 pick.
  • Doug Kyed suggests the Patriots might take a risk by selecting a player with injury concerns but unlimited upside in the first round of our seven-round mock draft. Miami DE Jaelan Phillips could wind up being the best defensive player in the draft
  • Khari Thompson discusses the newest mock drafts including ESPN Insiders’ Mel Kiper and Todd McShay’s that has New England trading up to the No. 7 overall pick to select Alabama QB Mac Jones.
  • Hayden Bird also discusses the latest mock drafts that differ in paths but result in similar picks for the Pats.
  • Ricky Doyle talks about Peter Schrager’s mock draft that has the Patriots trading up, but for Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, not a QB.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Patriots set up ‘secret meeting’ with Corey Dillon before trading for him in 2004.
  • Sean T. McGuire brings up Seth Wickersham’s 2018 ‘bombshell’ report on the Patriots (remember 90 unnamed sources, warm gatorade and trash cans?) Wickersham doubled down on it on a podcast and drops another theory that Bill Belichick was talking with the Giants, Dolphins and ‘Skins about leaving the Pats. /Whole thing was made up so why not add to it the ridiculous idea that Belichick would ever leave Mr. Kraft for Dan Snyder.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss the Patriots’ at Trey Lance’s Pro-Day, Part II, the importance of player attendance at offseason workouts and possible Safety targets in the draft.
  • Patriots podcast: Greg Bedard, Nick Cattles discuss what the Pats absolutely need out of the draft. (10 min. video)