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.
Nice overview on the Patriots offensive linemen. (Field Yates)
Dominant strength, power, toughness and nasty. A hard-nosed guy who sets the tempo on the interior of the line. A good athlete with sound footwork, ability to mirror, and the anchor to catch and hold up against on-coming rushers. Can move into space and get to defenders at the second level. A leader, workhorse, and one of the top guards in all of football. Although he hasn’t in New England, can flex to tackle when needed.
Florida State star DE Brandon Jenkins is out for the season. His draft stock will take a hit as well, although he could petition for another year. (CBS Sports)
Jenkins, an All-American candidate, was injured in the first half of the Noles season opener, a 69-3 romp over Murray State, last Saturday. The senior had also been projected by many NFL draft observers this off-season as a first-round pick. He could use his redshirt season and opt to return to FSU for the 2013 season.
Bill Belichick scouts the Titans for us. (ESPN Boston)
It’s a team that, as part of the NFL’s rotating schedule, the Patriots typically see just once every three years, leading to a bit of unfamiliarity with their personnel from a fan’s perspective. Belichick, on a conference call with local media on Tuesday afternoon, dove in to some Titans player overviews, including running back Chris Johnson, who he described as a “huge challenge” for his defense.
The Patriots roster continues to churn. (ESPN Boston)
Tennant was claimed via waivers on Saturday, while Hilliard was among the final cuts of the Minnesota Vikings prior to the deadline to finalize 53-man rosters.
A sixth-round pick in 2008 of the Miami Dolphins, Hilliard (5-foot-11, 240 pounds) has career totals of 39 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He was used occasionally in a fullback-type role during his three active seasons with the Dolphins, and also played on special teams.
For what it is worth, Todd McShay thinks Chance Warmack is the best guard prospect he has ever seen. (AL.com)
The best guard I have evaluated since Steve Hutchinson came out of Michigan in 2001 and currently ranks as the No. 2 overall prospect. Warmack is more physically dominant than Stanford’s David DeCastro was last season and has a chance to be the highest drafted guard in a decade.