When you think about the all-time greatest linebackers in New England Patriots history, no doubt Tedy Bruschi comes to mind.
But if what Bruschi recently said about current Pats linebacker Jerod Mayo is true, our minds may shift to Mayo sooner rather than later.
Speaking at his 8th annual Spaulding Rehabilitation golf tournament at TPC-Boston today, Bruschi was asked about Mayo, in which the Pats living legend had many good things to say.
From Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston.com:
"He's done things in his short career with the Patriots that I wasn't able to do until my eighth or ninth year," he said. "That's how far along he is.
"I truly see him being the best linebacker in the game within two years. I think that's how good he is."
Mayo was drafted 10th by the Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft, going ahead of most projections. Clearly Bill Belichick saw something in Mayo during pre-draft workouts and meetings that other scouts and coaches missed.
Belichick has praised Mayo's football smarts, hustle, and leadership on countless occasions, and it's clear that he has big plans for Mayo anchoring the Pats defense for many years to come.
Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night.
Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017
Give the Bills some credit. On Thursday night they made the kind of move that even Bill Belichick might stand up and applaud.
With an opportunity to sit at No. 10 overall and draft any number of players -- perhaps a quarterback not named Mitch Trubisky, perhaps the consensus top corner in the draft Marshon Lattimore -- they took advantage of the Chiefs' interest in Texas Tech gunslinger Pat Mahomes and traded out.
What they ended up with was the No. 27 overall pick, Kansas City's first-rounder next year, and an addition third-round pick this year.
A corner-needy team after Stephon Gilmore signed with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason, the Bills watched Lattimore come off the board at No. 11 overall to the Saints. They also saw Alabama corner Marlon Humphrey head to Baltimore with the No. 16 overall pick.
But Buffalo held tight at No. 27 and still picked up one of the better cover men in this year's class. LSU's Tre'Davious White is the kind of player that new Bills head coach Sean McDermott believes will help solidify his secondary.
"He plays inside, he plays outside, he's also a returner in terms of the special teams value," he told reporters, via Matt Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com, "so we feel good about it."
White is 5-foot-11, 192 pounds and was a four-year starter for the Tigers. Though he may have issues helping in run support, he seems ready to check talented wideouts at the next level after compiling a backlog of good experience against tough receivers in the SEC.
The pick wrapped up the night for Patriots competitors in the AFC East. All three clubs opted to go with players who will try to slow down Tom Brady and his offensive teammates twice next year.
The Dolphins went with a pass-rusher while the Jets picked up arguably the best defensive back in the class.