Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 7/23

Dustin Keller hit by Patrick Chung

is Dustin Keller all the Jets have at the tight end position?

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.

I just updated my 2013 NFL Mock Draft – the Patriots take a (surprise!) defensive back. (

You will see a lot of Cam Newton comparisons with Logan Thomas, although Thomas has a long way to go before he can live up to them. The talent is certainly there and he will be tempted to declare for the 2013 Draft. If he does, he could very well be the #1 overall pick.

Former Steelers safety Anthony Smith, yeah that guy, has announced his retirement. (National Football Post / Youtube)

Smith spent last season with the Tennessee Titans, and ended up on injured reserve. The Titans chose not to re-sign him at season’s end. Smith was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 and in his career bounced to the Rams, Jaguars and Packers as well as Tennessee.

Bill O’Brien, new head coach at Penn State, might already be in trouble due to the former coaches and administrators. (

At the Elite 11 finals here with his son, Erick Hackenberg said that he and Christian spoke with Penn State coaches last week. First-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and recruiting coordinator Charles London remained optimistic, Erick Hackenberg said, in talking with he and Christian after PSU officials met with the NCAA in the past few days.

The Patriots tight ends certainly have the edge against the Jets tight end crew. (

As the Jets try to get Mark Sanchez back on track and revert back to their ground-and-pound offense that brought them to two straight AFC Championship games, the development of the tight end position is going to be pivotal in 2012.

Watch out for Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. He is a monster tight end prospect. (Northwest Herald)

For C.J. Fiedorowicz, Aug. 2 can’t arrive soon enough. That’s the day the junior tight end starts fall camp for the University of Iowa football team. Fiedorowicz will begin preparations for the team’s Sept. 1 season opener in Chicago against Northern Illinois with high hopes for a big season and as one of the nation’s top players at his position.

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