Curran: The Draft According to Me

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Curran: The Draft According to Me

"So who the Patriots picking?"

It's an innocent question posed by people who know what I do for work. Same as me asking a CPA on April 12, "So, you kinda busy with taxes?"

In both instances, the person posing the question knows the answer.

My answer: "Man, hard to say. Tell me who's there and I'll tell you who they'll take."

The CPA's: "Taxes are due in three days, what do you think, moron?"

It's with that in mind that I present to you my annual draft day treatise on what the Patriots should do and what they will do in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.

All rights to gloat if this particular blind squirrel finds a nut? Reserved.

No. 27
WILL DO
Last year, Bill Belichick raved about the front-seven talent in the draft, specifically the edge rushers. So I did everything but build a wooden altar to Cam Jordan and then the Patriots passed on him. This year, they don't pass, they take the edge rusher and his name is Shea McCellin from Boise State. Does it give me pause that Mike Mayock has the Patriots taking Nick Perry? Sure. And it gives me even more pause that Mike Lombardi has them taking Vinny Curry from Marshall. Any of the above will work. McClellin works best, though, and his smarts win out for a team that was burned by going for athleticism with Jermaine Cunningham in the second round two years ago.

SHOULD DO
I'm good with Shea McClellin as well. If, as Mayock says, this is a 10-year NFL starter Mayock will bang the table for, that's good enough for me.

No. 31

WILL DO
The Patriots trade back right here. They get a team in the 30s that's got an itchy trigger-finger to move up, the Patriots fall back to the spot in the 30s and take free safety Harrison Smith while adding a third in 2013.

SHOULD DO
It's too early for Harrison Smith who can be had by dealing back into the second round. It's probably too early for a wide receiver that the team has any reservations about as well. It's not too early to go safe on the offensive line, though, and 6-4, 314-pound Kevin Zeitler -- a guard from Wisconsin -- is the pick here. Kendall Reyes is also a recommendation here and that's even if they've taken McClellin.

No. 48
WILL DO
Having grabbed Smith and McClellin and still needing some late-draft picks so they aren't idle in Rounds 5-7, the Patriots trade again, dealing back and adding picks for Saturday. If they do not deal, look for them to take either Vinny Curry (Lombardi must know something) or watch out for a surprise pick with South Florida's Jeremiah Warren, a guardcenter.

SHOULD DO
Going by what they've done in the Draft According to Me, they've gotten a defensive end and an offensive lineman. Now it's time to get a young, strong, smart, productive wide receiver and that's Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers.

No. 62

WILL DO
Now we're deep into the Best Player Available portion of the program. There's good and varied depth at running back and wide receiver, though, and the Patriots are going to find the successor to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and grab Virginia Tech's David Wilson here because they are stunned -- stunned -- to see him still on the board.

SHOULD DOPatriots need to go Best Fatty Available here. Try and find the low-cost replacement to Vince Wilfork with a guy who's got some upside but question marks to conquer. Belichick loves to go risky in Round 2 and the pick in that case should be Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman.

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

BOSTON – When it comes to defense, the Celtics are quick to claim that it is indeed the foundation for which their team is built upon. 
 
Still, far too often this season, we have seen cracks in their usually Teflon-tough defense, the kind that ultimately means the difference between winning and losing.
 
The Celtics’ defense will once again need to step up and play well tonight against a Sacramento squad that has shown it can fill it up offensively of late. 
 
Sacramento (7-11) has scored 100 or more points in eight of their past 10 games. In that span, their 107.2 points per game ranks ninth in the league. 
 
In that same span, the Celtics have allowed opponents to score 100.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA in fewest points allowed.
 
And when it comes to winning, limiting teams to less than 100 points has been huge in Boston’s win total. 
 
The Celtics have held eight opponents to 100 points or less this season. 
 
Their record in those games? 8-0.
 
Within that limited scoring, Boston must also make sure teams don’t get into a nice groove shooting the ball. 
 
Boston is 0-5 this season when an opponent shoots 48 percent or better from the field. 
 
While there are several things Boston must do to be successful, having the right kind of defensive disposition ranks at or near the top of that list in their efforts to play with the kind of defensive success that gave so many hope that this would the year Boston would hold court among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.
 

Brady, Bennett, Edelman questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

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Brady, Bennett, Edelman questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report for Sunday's game with the Rams is out. While they'll be without one big name, but their others are still very much in play. 

Rob Gronkowski, who was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, has been ruled out. Jordan Richards, who is dealing with a knee issue and has not practiced this week, will also be held out of action on Sunday. 

Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Chris Hogan (back) -- all of whom practiced on Friday -- have been listed as questionable for the Rams game at Gillette Stadium. Special teamer Nate Ebner (concussion) returned to practice on Friday and is also questionable, as is Trey Flowers (shin) and Elandon Roberts, who popped up on the injury report with a jaw issue Friday. 

Special teams captain Matthew Slater missed Friday's session after participating on both Wednesday and Thursday. He's been ruled as questionable. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton is also questionable after missing his second straight day of practice with an illness.

If Slater and Ebner are at all limited this weekend, coupled with the loss of Richards, the Patriots kicking game would be significantly impacted. Hogan took reps as the team's personal protector on the punt team earlier this week and may fill that role should Ebner miss time.