It was Friday night at the NFL Combine and at Shula's Steak House was a hub of activity.
At a table in the bar sat Bill Belichick, Steven Belichick, Mike Lombardi and Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.
No NFL writer puts more work into covering the draft and its prospects than Gosselin.
He had the most accurate mock draft last year, nailing nine picks.
Gosselin hung up his mock draft smock this year but he's still on staff at the DMN and there is a mock draft from the site.
They've got New England going with Courtney Upshaw at 27. And he's got them going with Harrison Smith at 31. And that sounds like a good get.
(EDIT: I originally presumed the mock on the DMN website was Gosselin's until a twitter follower set me straight . . . this post has been updated to reflect that. So there . . .)
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.