Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 9/19

Deion Branch Patriots

He’s back…. (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.

Patriots were active making roster moves yesterday. (NEPD)

The New England Patriots have signed former first-round draft pick Kellen Winslow. Winslow was waived by the Seattle Seahawks on September 1st after he declined to have his salary reduced. Deion Branch also has rejoined the fold, signing with the Patriots today.

Vince Wilfork is in even better shape this year. (Boston Herald)

Defensive linemen are supposed to be large, hulking figures. Size, bulk and girth are desired traits. If you walk into a big-and-tall store and need something less than triple-XL, don’t bother being a nose tackle.

Interesting look at how former Patriots are performing. (ESPN Boston)

Catching up with players who were key contributors for the Patriots in 2011 and/or spent time with the team in 2012 training camp and are now with other teams:

Risers and fallers from week three of the NCAA season. (NFP)

While the conference games have generally not yet begun, players are already moving up and down draft boards based on their early season performances. A player can drastically change their draft status between the beginning of their final season and the draft, but often their early season performance is what gets their name buzzing around the scouting community.

Barkevious Mingo going #1 overall in a lot of 2013 NFL Mock Drafts lately. (CBS Sports)

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