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.
Where did Aaron Hernandez line up on Sunday? (PatsFans.com)
Hernandez was targeted the second most on Sunday, with 7 targets for 59 yards along with a touchdown (Brandon Lloyd was targeted the most, with 8 targets, 5 catches, and 69 yards receiving). He played every offensive snap on Sunday but one, with the tight end not seen on the field on the final offensive play of the game which was a rush by Brandon Bolden, which was a two yard loss before Stephen Gostkowski kicked the final field goal of the day.
Could the NFL Draft expand back to 12 rounds? (CTV News)
So look for a longer draft, possibly rotating to league stadiums. Expect huge video boards in those stadiums capable of providing instantaneous information for the fan and the fantasy player — along with highlights from every game, peeks at what the referee sees when reviewing challenged plays, even views of the locker room.
Devin McCourty was back to return the kick and cut back for a nice gain; he used the stiff-arm to gain a little bit of space and stepped out of bounds. New England started Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, and Sebastian Vollmer on the offensive line. Tom Brady looked for Aaron Hernandez on the first throw of the game; Hernandez broke a couple of tackles for a moderate gain. Stevan Ridley broke free on a nice run to the left side of the line for a first down.
A look at the Patriots offensive line in the opener. (ESPN Boston)
“I don’t have any mental breakdowns today,” guard Logan Mankins said. “I’m sure we had a few physical (breakdowns), but that’s going to happen. You’re playing against good players. It went smooth out there. I felt comfortable. I think they felt comfortable. It will only get better.”
Could the Patriots use another Michigan QB… as a receiver? (NFP)
Every year as draft time approaches a number of highly productive college players see their draft status fall because they do not fit within the traditional physical measuring sticks that NFL teams rely upon. This happens because for every player like Bob Sanders, Antoine Winfield and Drew Brees there are many more who were highly productive in college, but failed in the NFL. So determining which players have enough talent and intangibles to over-come these concerns and become productive NFL players is what separates the good organizations from the rest.