Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 7/20

Aaron Hernandez Patriots

"Why yes, I am one of the best tight ends in the league." (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.

Five Patriot rookies failed their initial physicals. (ESPN Boston)

All players on Active/PUP and Active/NFI lists are eligible to be removed from the list at any time before the start of the regular season. The Patriots hold their first practice of training camp next Thursday.

Shocking: Patriots have the best tight ends in the world. (Pats Pulpit)

However, the Patriots have the edge here because they have not one, but two premier tight ends in Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Paired with Gronk’s overpowering prowess, Herndo’s almost wide receiver like finesse makes the Patriots a clear number one in the tight end category. Not to mention, they have the best depth at the position with Fells and newcomer Jake Ballard in the fold.

This just in: Tyler Wilson is a pretty good quarterback. (Arkansas Online)

Wilson cemented his teammates’ respect last season while throwing for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns, leading Arkansas to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. His final two years on the bench were spent as the backup to former Arkansas and current New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The New York Jets running backs don’t scare me. (

Shonn Greene emerged late into his rookie season during the playoffs in 2009. In three playoff games Greene rushed 54 times for 304 yards, two touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry (YPC). Greene looked like the back of the future for the Jets but since then has been mediocre at best.

In the disappointing prospects section, senior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong has been dismissed from Miami. (Miami Herald)

Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Armstrong’s father, Albert Armstrong, said he had no idea what his son planned to do next. He could have entered the NFL’s Supplemental Draft last Thursday had UM revealed its plans to dismiss him from the team a couple weeks ago. Now, it’s more likely Armstrong will transfer to another school — likely a Football Championship Subdivision program — so he can play out his senior year.

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