Patriots blogger Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports talked to Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz show Friday about the guy the Pats should go all out for in the draft.
"He's a safety, from Alabama. He ran a 4.5 40," Thornton said, "and...
"The reason I need him is his name is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix."
The name alone is almost too much material for Thornton to deal with.
"I'm more invested than anyone in America in having Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on my team," he said. "I want Clinton-Dix. I need Clinton-Dix."
Alas, the projected first-rounder will probably be long gone by the time the Patriots pick. "I would trade anybody except Brady for him," Thornton said.
Turning somewhat serious, Thornton was asked about the possibility of veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork being released as a salary cap casualty.
"That would be one of the toughest moves to swallow," Thornton said. "And we've all become pretty thick-skinned about this stuff. The last time I was really shocked by a move was Lawyer Milloy [released before the 2003 season] and all that did was bring us two Super Bowls."
Like most Pats fans, Thornton wouldn't want to see Wilfork go.
"I think they can always fudge the numbers and restructure things," he said. "But his cap number is like $11 million and he's what? 32-years old?"
Thornton said his obsession with the NFL Scouting Combine is almost unhealthy.
"It's the stupidest thing in the history of the world," he said. "It's the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but it's for fat guys."