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New England Patriots links 4/23/21 - Pats projected to trade up, trade down and stay put at No. 15

Daily news and links for Friday

Baltimore Ravens Vs. New England Patriots 2012 AFC Championship Game At Gillette Stadium
Robert Kraft points up to the sky
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images


  • Erik Scalavino helps us get to know WR Nelson Agholor: ‘When his family moved from Africa to America, new Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor learned some important life lessons as a child that continue to serve him well today, and he’s eager to pass his knowledge on to the next generation.’
  • Draft Prospect Review: Linebacker. (9.29 min.)
  • Patriots Unfiltered 4/22: New NFL rules, Top 5 QBs in the draft; More. (2 hours)


  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Cam Newton, Jakobi Meyers meet up with 3 new Patriots in NYC.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots big board to predict the top 50 prospects New England might select in the first three rounds: The top ten.
  • Jerry Thornton’s Patriots 2021 draft preview: Wide receivers - Edge - Linebacker - Safeties.
  • Phil Perry profiles prototypical Patriots the team could target in the draft: Linebacker.
  • Andrew Callahan breaks down the Patriots’ best prospect fits at offensive tackle: The Pats should be expected to add to their offensive line depth starting at least in the middle rounds.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) A perfect Patriot: UCLA DT Osa Odighizuwa. “This is a man who explodes off the snap – uses his body like the three time all state HS wrestler he is to shoot through gaps and get to the ball carrier and has the late burst and reach to not allow them to escape.”
  • Ryan Hannable profiles potential Patriots: Florida WR Kadarius Toney. “Toney is an interesting athlete and playmaker, if not yet polished wide receiver. He certainly would be an exciting option for New England.”
  • Ricky Doyle relays a Bill Belichick anecdote from Tom E. Curran that might suggest the Pats would pass on WR DeVonta Smith based on size (166 lbs). The lightest receiver ever drafted by the Pats is Braxton Berrios (184 lbs).
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Dolphins control the draft and the Patriots.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights ex-Pats scout and former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff who doubts the Patriots will trade up because the price will be too steep.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Patriots should bully Dave Gettleman into first-round trade.
  • Khari Thompson highlights draft expert Dane Brugler who believes the Jimmy Garoppolo pick in 2016 may signal Belichick’s willingness to break the mold again and trade up for a QB. “Maybe the fact that he did spend a second-round pick on Jimmy Garoppolo when Tom Brady was still playing at a high level tells you he is ready to be aggressive if the right value is there, if the right quarterback is there.”
  • Hayden Bird notes ESPN’s Louis Riddick predicts Trey Lance could be the QB the Patriots trade up to draft, “That’s the guy a team like New England will target, and it is going to get real interesting.”
  • Sean T. McGuire relays draft expert Daniel Jeremiah who firmly believes draft QB prospect Trey Lance is a good fit for the Pats and will be able to succeed at the next level.
  • Andy Hart demands that Bill Belichick draft a quarterback! “I don’t care if three quarterbacks go in the top three picks. Don’t care if it’s going to take a ransom and then some to trade up, even as high as No. 4 overall with the Falcons, to get potentially the fourth-best quarterback prospect.”
  • Ricky Doyle tells us who will announce the Patriots’ first-round pick in this year’s draft and why it’s a “special pick.”
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Patriots have good news for Richard Seymour’s Hall of Fame ceremony: Mike Reiss just reported that plans are in the works for fans to be present for Seymour’s induction ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at some point next season.
  • Adam London mentions the Patriots reportedly reached out to Alex Smith before his retirement.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Julian Edelman shares how his relationships with Gunner Olszewski and Wes Welker were different.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Pat Lane (PatsPulpit) joins Steve, Murph, and Clare to talk Patriots’ draft. (51 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate talks with Douglas (gatekeeper of the Patriots Discord community and host of the ‘Untitled Patriots Podcast’) on his origins within Patriots social media and making the definitive case for Julian Edelman to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Part I. (49 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran talks with Thomas Dimitroff (former Patriots scout and Falcons GM) about this year’s draft and whether trading up is an option for the Patriots. (25 min.)



  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Both sides in Deshaun Watson litigation make accusations of evidence destruction.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) After being called liars by Deshaun Watson’s lawyer, 12 of Tony Buzbee’s 22 clients will attend status conference