Joel Corry of CBS Sports took a very long look at whether the Texans could possibly trade J.J. Watt. While it is not a report of anything being imminent, it does explore the idea detailed fashion, with NFL executives and agents providing their thoughts.
So what does that have to do with the Patriots? In trying to gauge Watt’s potential value, he brought up a hypothetical trade for Rob Gronkowski. After all, both players are 27-year-old superstars with back concerns and the Patriots would have the cap space to add Watt while re-signing Martellus Bennett.
As Corry put it, the idea of a Watt-for-Gronkowski swap “received mixed reviews,” with one executive saying Gronkowski is a far riskier trade acquisition than Watt.
“I can’t imagine the teams making this trade,” the executive said. “Gronkowski’s back and injury history scares me much more than Watt’s.”
Another executive was intrigued by it. He thought more than New England’s 2017 first-round pick (32nd overall) would be required in addition to Gronkowski for the deal to make sense for the Texans but didn’t specify what else would be necessary.
Gronkowski’s back issues date back to 2009, his junior and final season at University of Arizona. He had back surgery in June of 2013 and suffered a season-ending herniated disk this past season.
Watt, meanwhile, was limited to three games in 2016 by a herniated disk. He was placed on injured reserve in late September and underwent back surgery shortly after.
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.
On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast" with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith...former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis joined us in-studio to discus a wide array of topics. Also, the Celtics look to close out the Bulls, and Lou Merloni weighs-in on another dominating effort by Chris Sale.
- 0:41 - Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis joins BST to discuss what it was like coaching Tom Brady early in the quarterback’s career and how it came about that the Patriots drafted Tom Brady in the 6th round.
- 3:18 - Weis gives us an insight into what Bill Belichick is like during the NFL draft, how trades are made while the draft is going on, and why the Patriots have struggled with getting tall wide receivers.
- 7:38 - Weis tell us which quarterback in this year’s draft he thinks will be the best pro and how Jimmy Garoppolo compares to the QB’s in this draft class.
- 11:15 - Discussion on if the Celtics would have a 3-2 series lead if Rajon Rondo did not get injured and how the Celtics have found a way to get the job done.
- 15:37 - Lou Merloni joins BST to talk about Chris Sale once again dominating but not getting the win because of the lackluster Red Sox offense, and John Farrell letting Sale pitch in the 9th inning this time around.