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New England Patriots links 5/02/21 - 2021 NFL Draft: Bonus weekend edition!

Daily news and links for Sunday

2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft stage, Cleveland
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Whom does Patriots top pick Mac Jones study most? Starts with Tom Brady; Jones’ contract; Intel on Day 2 picks; Davis Mills as QB2? More.
  • Karen Guregian Sunday NFL Notes: Success or failure of Patriots’ 2021 draft hinges on Mac Jones; Bone to pick: Secondary, wide receiver holes left unfilled; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Draft recap. A breakdown of each Patriots draft pick, how they’ll fit into the system and how they will best be utilized.
  • Mike Reiss offers his analysis of every 2021 Patriots draft pick. Oklahoma RB Rhamondre Stevenson (Rd. 4): “A big, physical back whose style sparks thoughts of LeGarrette Blount, the 5-foot-11, 227-pound Stevenson is an intimidating runner.”
  • Zack Cox helps us get to know each of the eight players selected by New England in this year’s draft.
  • Andrew Callahan highlights Bill Belichick’s initial comments on each player in the Patriots draft class.
  • Andrew Callahan breaks down the final rounds of the draft, that saw the Patriots using five scheduled picks to add a RB, OL, LB, S and WR to deepen their restored roster and establish a new identity.
  • Nick Goss issues his 2021 NFL Draft grades and analysis for all 32 teams. Patriots: A. “The Patriots did very well in this draft.”
  • Justin Leger picks this year’s draft winners and losers. Winner: Patriots D and QB situation. Loser: Roger Goodell’s chair. “It was just bizarre, OK?”
  • Sean T. McGuire picks his NFL Draft winners & losers: Patriots start strong. “The Patriots, who went out and splurged on both sides of the ball in free agency, then built some depth.”
  • Evan Lazar explains why the Patriots selected QB Mac Jones instead of trading up for Justin Fields.
  • Tom Shaw-Mellors (PatsPropaganda) Patriots pick QB Mac Jones in the first round of the 2021 draft: ‘the Patriots were patient and managed to get their QB for the future.’
  • Mike Reiss analyzes the Patriots trade up to select Alabama DT Christian Barmore, one of the highest-rated players still available entering the second round.
  • Phil Perry explains why he believes the Patriots got the best DT in this year’s draft in Christian Barmore.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Christian Barmore pens special message to his mother after draft.
  • Evan Lazar evaluates the Pats’ five selections on Day Three of the NFL Draft.
  • Sean T. McGuuire notes Joshuah Bledsoe praises Mac Jones upon recalling playing his new Patriots teammate, ‘I’m glad I get to team up with him.’
  • Doug Kyed mentions the team’s fifth-round draft pick Cameron McGrone tore his ACL in November. New England is not preparing for the linebacker to be ready in 2021.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Tracker: Six spots to fill on 90-man roster.
  • Karen Guregian spotlights Bill Belichick’s bombshell during his post-draft presser, that long-time associate Ernie Adams worked his final draft with the team. Belichick and Adams have been together what seems like forever.
  • Abigail Adams writes how Bill Belichick and Bob Baffert found similar success in separate sports.