A lot to like about Cal DE Cam Jordan

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A lot to like about Cal DE Cam Jordan

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
INDIANAPOLIS - The question isn't whether or not the Patriots would like a player like Cal's Cam Jordan. The question is whether he'd be around for them to take a run at with the 17 pick. He's a four-year player at Cal, his father Steve was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Vikings, he's 6-foot-4, 282 pounds but has a great build andreally presents himself well. He wouldn't comment on whether he talked to the Patriots on Saturday at the NFL Combine but did say, "I've talked to a couple different teams. East Coast, West Coast, all over."The tweak with Jordan is whether or nota team like the Patriots would use him as a defensive end lined up either on the inside shoulder or outside shoulder of the tackle (3 and 5 techniques) or whether he'd be better standing up as an outside linebacker. Asked what he prefers, Jordan said, "My hand on the ground technically. I have the most experience with my hand on the ground. Whether that be as a three or five (technique), that doesn't matter. If they say Cam, we want you to play middle linebacker, I'd play it. I don't care. I just really love to play football."Jordan is almost a tweener for the Patriots. Even if he bulked up to 290, he might beon the small side forNew England's 3-4.And if he dropped weight and went to outside linebacker, could hetransition smoothly?"I don't like him at all standing up," said National Football Post draft expert Wes Bunting. "At 285 pounds, he's looked at as a 5-technique let alone standing him up. I think he's a base defensive end. I think he can play on the right side (of the defense over the left tackle) if he had to, maybe more on the left side if you had to. But I'd play him in the 3-technique in a 3-4 before I'd stand him up."Last season, the Patriots kicked Vince Wilfork out to defensive end frequently and used some of their younger players (Kyle Love and Myron Pryor) on the nose. With Gerard Warren's contract up and Mike Wright coming back from a debilitating concussion, the Patriots may look to depth on the edge of their defensive line.Big enough to play there? "At 285, he's a strong guy and plays with leverage. He'll be on every team's draft board. He may be better suited for the 4-3. In the 3-4, I could see him playing outside on first and second down and then kicking inside on third down to rush the passer."One other thing that may work in Jordan's favor: some of the other defensive end prospects are underclassmen. They may need all the time they can get to develop before training camp. But if there's a lockout, it's going to be hard for them to prepare on their own. An experienced player like Jordan may be more football ready if there's a lockout. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Three weeks removed from his team blowing a 25-point, second-half lead in the Super Bowl, Mohamed Sanu offered a possible explanation for the Atlanta Falcons losing their edge against the Patriots.

Lady Gaga.

More specifically, it was the half-hour-plus halftime show that interrupted the Falcons' rhythm, the receiver said Friday on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football."

“Usually, halftime is only like 15 minutes, and when you’re not on the field for like an hour, it’s just like going to work out, like a great workout, and you go sit on the couch for an hour and then try to start working out again,” Sanu said.

Sanu was asked if the delay was something you can simulate in practice. 

"It's really the energy [you can't duplicate]," he said. "I don't know if you can simulate something like that. That was my first time experiencing something like that."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick did simulate it. In his Super Bowl practices, he had his team take long breaks in the middle.

Sanu also addressed the Falcons' pass-first play-calling that didn't eat up clock while the Patriots came back.

"The thought [that they weren't running the ball more] crossed your mind, but as a player, you're going to do what the coach [Dan Quinn] wants you to do." Sanu said. "He's called plays like that all the time."


 

It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

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It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

The third-round compensatory pick acquired by the Patriots carries additional value this year in that it is the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded. A near top-100 overall selection may allow the Patriots to move up the draft board or build assets in the middle rounds should they be inclined to deal. And we know they oftentimes are. 

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.