Pioli says there's plenty to like with pass rushers

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Pioli says there's plenty to like with pass rushers

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
INDIANAPOLIS - With the Patriots taking the guerilla approach to the NFL Scouting Combine, you need to be resourceful to figure out how they may be thinking. Enter Chiefs' general manager Scott Pioli, who was at the podium Saturday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. He's not going to be able to delve into the Patriots' specific thought processes, but his football intel was framed by Bill Belichick. So we asked him about defensive endoutside linebacker class in this year's draft, an area the Patriots are needy in. "Some of these guys are defensive ends in the 4-3 or potentially outside linebackers in the 3-4 defense," said Pioli. But this is a strong group of players. Regardless of the defense, there's players that can help every team in the National Football League at those positions."Some experts are saying there are up to nine players with the ability to be considered first-round picks. We talked about Cam Jordan from Cal earlier Saturdayandbroke down the guys the Patriots could look at with NFP's Wes Bunting. Here's Bunting's full look at the prospects. Meanwhile, Pioli spoke about the importance of workouts with guys who may be asked to go from4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebackers. "Some of them have had their hand in the dirt and you haven't seen them drop (in coverage)," explained Pioli."That's why this is a critical time to work those players out. Not that you're going to know every detail about their ability to drop into coverage but you've got to be able to look at them and see what their physical skills are when you go on campus and work them out or you see them work out here. "There's also another part that you can't really tell until he's on your football team and that's the instincts, the awareness and the spatial awareness as a coverage guy," Pioli explained. "But there are guys who can do both things well."Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Jerod Mayo has some advice for Malcolm Butler - Get insurance!

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Jerod Mayo has some advice for Malcolm Butler - Get insurance!

Mike Giardi and Jerod Mayo talk about the potential of a Patriots reunion with Darrelle Revis. Mayo thinks if he is motivated, he can still play, but that's a big IF in Jerod's mind. Plus, is Revis a sure fire Hall of Famer?

Giardi and Mayo also discuss Cyrus Jones, who had a rough rookie year for the Patriots. Jerod thinks he could make a major leap in his second season and play a huge role.

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On Malcolm Butler, Mayo has one piece of advice - stop being so emotional! He talks about how Butler has no leverage as a restricted free-agent, and the Patriots are in the right. Mayo stresses to Butler that insurance can offset any fears for playing for what he believes his market value is.

 Giardi goes 1-on-1 with Saints reporter Nick Underhill about the latest rumors from the owner's meetings regarding Malcolm Butler, and how his acquisition could prevent Drew Brees from considering going to a title contender when his contract is up in 2018.

Are the Browns ready to trade the 12th pick for Jimmy Garoppolo?

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Are the Browns ready to trade the 12th pick for Jimmy Garoppolo?

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry alongside producer Adam Hart discuss the latest news around the Patriots including whether they think the Cleveland Browns are willing to part with the 12th pick for Jimmy Garoppolo. They also dive into the what the timeline will be for the Patriots to decide on Malcolm Butler's future.

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