Brown: Patriots grooming Edelman since he got there

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Brown: Patriots grooming Edelman since he got there

Wes Welker's lack of catches, targets, and snaps in Week 1 has been a hot topic since the final whistle blew, and the discussion continued on Sports Tonight Tuesday night.

Troy Brown was in studio -- he knows a thing or two about being a wide receiver on the Patriots -- and CSNNE's Gary Tanguay asked him if the Patriots were "grooming" Julian Edelman into Welker's role in the slot.

Brown said the Pats have been doing that since Edelman got here . . . So, what to make of this?

Does Saints selection of top CB Lattimore take a Butler deal off the table?

Does Saints selection of top CB Lattimore take a Butler deal off the table?

We knew the Saints were in the market for a corner. What we didn't know was that the top player at the position in this year's draft would fall to them at pick No. 11 overall. 

New Orleans sat and watched the board as Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore slipped and slipped and slipped all the way out of the top-10. When they were on the clock for the first of their two first-rounders, they scooped up the 6-foot, 193-pounder. 

Lattimore has dealt with hamstring injuries that have nagged at him even into the pre-draft process, but when healthy he's an explosive athlete with the potential to lock down No. 1 receivers. 

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The Saints will pair Lattimore with Delvin Breaux as their top cornerback pairing, but is there room for one more? 

It seems unlikely that they'd be willing to pay top-half-of-the-first-round money to one corner and then offer Malcolm Butler a long-term extension, but it may not be totally off the table. Both Lattimore and Breaux have injury histories that may warrant insurance. 

The question is . . . How much will the Saints be willing to pay for the policy?

NFL DRAFT: Myles Garrett 1st to Browns, Bears trade up for QB Mitchell Trubisky

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NFL DRAFT: Myles Garrett 1st to Browns, Bears trade up for QB Mitchell Trubisky

PHILADELPHIA - No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns.

"C'mon, Philly, C'mon," Goodell said Thursday night amid the boos, not even wincing at the reception. Moments later, he was back onstage announcing the Texas A&M defensive end's name. Garrett, a junior and All-American considered the best pass rusher in this crop, is the first Aggie selected No. 1 overall.

Garrett was not on hand, but promised Cleveland fans "great things are coming."

Cleveland went 1-15 last season and has holes everywhere. It ranked 31st defensively and had only 26 sacks.

There was speculation the Browns might go for a quarterback at the outset, but this draft didn't seem to have any QBs considered that talented a prospect. Except the Bears thought otherwise, making a mammoth trade to move up one spot.

Chicago sent a third-round pick, a fourth and a 2018 third to San Francisco to switch and take Mitchell Trubisky, who started only 13 games for North Carolina.

"It was crazy," Trubisky said. "There was no call. I didn't think I was going to be picked until the commissioner said my name."

San Francisco was up next, and new general manager John Lynch already was looking good for bringing in such a haul to drop back to No. 3. The 49ers took DE Solomon Thomas from just down the road at Stanford.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who some scouts compared to Adrian Peterson, went to Jacksonville; new Jaguars boss Tom Coughlin is enamored of powerful running backs.

Another LSU player, safety Jamal Adams, was taken by the New York Jets, one pick after Tennessee, needing an upgrade at wide receiver, selected Corey Davis of Western Michigan. Davis is the FBS career leader in receiving yards with 5,285 and was a key to the Broncos' turnaround last season.