Pats trade out at pick No. 28, pass on defense

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Pats trade out at pick No. 28, pass on defense

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com

The Patriots parachuted out of the first round Thursday night, trading the 28th overall pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for New Orleans' second rounder (56 overall) and a first-rounder in 2012. That move, following on the heels of their selection of Colorado tackle Nate Solder, makes their Thursday night work less than scintillating. In making the decision to trade out of the first, the Patriots passed on a couple of front-seven defenders who seemed to fill needs. Muhammad Wilkerson from Temple and Cameron Heyward from Ohio State went 30 and 31 to the Jets and Steelers respectively. Both of those teams run 3-4 defenses like the Patriots do.Their decision to stand pat -- at least in Round One -- is an indication they think their pass rush is good enough, their edge defenders are young enough to bring pressure that won't leave their secondary hung out to dry in coverage. So while Solder fills a need and the trade down yields depth and promise for next year, the Patriots still haven't taken a player in the 2011 draftfrom what Bill Belichick calls the best group of defensive line prospects he's ever seen.Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.

Quick Slants the Podcast: Who's been better for the Patriots, Welker or Edelman?

Quick Slants the Podcast: Who's been better for the Patriots, Welker or Edelman?


Phil Perry and CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran debate which receiver has been better for the Patriots: Wes Welker or Julian Edelman? It's part of this edition of Quick Slants The Podcast.