By Adam Hart
Lots of effort on this post. Copypast an embed code and call it a day. No need to take away from the glory of Rob Bradford, who actually talked to the Nature Boy.
Yeah, that's it: giving credit where credit's due, not laziness.
The Patriots sent their 61st overall pick to the Saints on Friday night in exchange for the 78th and 112th overall picks.
That addresses a large gap the Patriots would have had after they selected at 96. Previously, the Patriots were going to wait 100 selections - until late in the fifth - before they were on the clock again.
Now they are in position to get a body in that stretch. Their picks are now 78, 91, 96, 112, 196, 204, 208, 214, 221, 243 and 250.
Barring more trades, the Patriots will end their night with four new players.
Kevin Millar, John Farrell and Sean McAdam talk about Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for PED violations.
The addition of Cyrus Jones means the Patriots now have a young corner with ball skills to add to their stable of capable corners.
Malcolm Butler, obviously, is their lead corner and – with him being a restricted free agent after this season – will be sticking around.
Logan Ryan was the starter on the other side with rookie Justin Coleman showing some ability late in the season after coming into the league undrafted.
Jones is a shorter corner – 5-10 – so he may have some slot corner relevance. He’s also a very good punt returner, taking back four for touchdowns last year. The Patriots have been relying for years on Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to take back punts so Jones – once he’s up to speed with the return game and expectations in Foxboro – figures to be dropped into that capacity as well.
Daryl Roberts, a seventh-round pick from Marshall, is also on the roster as is E.J. Biggers, a former Eagle signed as a free agent.
With Jones, Ryan and Butler, the team has three corners with very good ball skills.