Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 7/13

Chandler Jones Patriots

How much production can we expect out of Chandler Jones in his rookie season? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

An early look at grading the Patriots 2012 draft. (Draft Hub)

I give the Patriots credit for having a plan by pulling the trigger on the players they seem to believe in, regardless of what other teams think. They really seem to be a team that puts no effort towards trying to predict what other teams are doing. With that said, Chandler Jones is perhaps the worst pick in the entire first round. Watching tape on this guy has barely, if at all, justified even a draftable grade, let alone a first round talent.

Kyle Arrington looking forward to being the slot machine in 2012. (Boston Herald)

The Patriots still have some options as they prepare for training camp, but cornerback Kyle Arrington has been a candidate to take on that role in the slot. His athleticism, both in speed and strength, would be an asset in that area of the field, where things are more unpredictable than they can get on the outside.

Who are the top junior draft prospects in the Big East? (MiamiDolphinsDraft.com)

While most fans don’t instantly associate the Big East with top NFL talent, the conference has boasted some of the NFL’s most talented players currently reaching the prime of their career. Pass rushers like Jason Pierre Paul and recent first rounder Chandler Jones are most notable for being high picks, but also Devin McCourty of Rutgers and Jonathan Baldwin of Pitt are certainly notable for NFL teams.

Comparing Wes Welker and Derek Jeter? Exploring Welker’s contract options. (NESN.com)

Waffling between two years and three, and over a few million each year, feels a lot like what the Yankees did with Derek Jeter a couple of offseasons ago. A player whose status with the organization should have never been questioned became stuck in a public dispute with the club, leaving a sour taste for both the player and his fans after a career where he certainly earned every high-priced penny.

If you missed it over the July 4th weekend, Ryan Mallett is getting in serious shape. (Boston Herald)

Yet, there’s only so much an outsider can see about a third-string QB. Mallett was inactive for all but one game last season, and he never attempted a live pass after the preseason. The compliments from his coaches and teammates are nice, but someone like Petrino can actually measure the transition during the course of that year.

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Draft, Chandler Jones, Musket Blasts, Wes Welker

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