By TomE. Curran
Heading into the NFL draft, Tom E. Curran plans a series of looks at potential Patriots draftees. Today's player: Cam Jordan.
Cam Jordan, 6-4, 287DL, California
The Skinny: Possibly the most versatile of all the 3-4 defensive end prospects, Jordan is a smart, engaging, unique player whose dad Steve was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Minnesota Vikings. He and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt are seen most often as the best fits for the Patriots' most pressing need - a suitable replacement for Richard Seymour. Bill Belichick has spoken of how rare it is to find the guy who's 6-5, 270 and runs 4.7. Here's one that's 6-4, 290 that can do that. And he's smart as hell.
Gotta Have Him: Let Wes Bunting at the National Football Post explain. "I can't think of a better fit for the Patriots. With what they do and the versatility of this guy? He can handle a lot of volume. If you have to go to nickel situations or pass rush situations, you can play him as a (five-technique off the outside shoulder of the tackle). But he could kick to the (3-technique between the guard and the tackle) and with more teams going to one down lineman, at 6-4, 290 he can stand up and run off the edge. You ask a running back to help in blitz pickup on that? He'll get mauled. I can't give you a straight-up answer on who he reminds me of. There's not that many who can do what he does at his size. I almost fell out of my chair when he had a 4.7 at the Combine."
Don't Need Him: Well, he's got a bit of a quirky Cal personality. Football isn't life or death -- or at least there's room for a sense of humor in it -- so maybe he gets downgraded for being too light about things. And if the Patriots want a pure pass rusher, it's not him. But those are small flaws.
Forecast: Bunting has him going to the Patriots at 17. Others have Watt going to the Patriots and Jordan going to San Diego. It's a close race between those two positionally. Bunting says that Jordan's versatility and the fact he's just a little bit better anchored because he's a smidge shorter makes him more enticing. If Jordan doesn't go 10 to Washington and is on the board when the Patriots pick at 17, it would be eye-opening if they passed on him.
Patriots Draftability: 9
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots are expected to do big things in 2017, but Bill Belichick is keeping his focus on the present. That means more training camp scheduling and installation, less 16-0 talk. A lot less. OK, none.
"Yeah, right now, we’re just trying to have a good day here today, get off to a good start in training camp," Belichick replied when asked about being "hyped to go undefeated."
"We’re not really worried about all that’s in the future. That will come when it comes."
There's been no shortage of discussion on whether or not the Patriots can run the table in 2017. They seemed to improve upon a roster that was already one of the best in the league. They are the heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl for the third time in four years.
We've been guilty of it on our air and in this space. We spent two weeks comparing this roster to the one in 2007 that went 16-0.
This may come as a surprise, but Belichick said on Wednesday that he hasn't been consuming those writeups or TV segments.
"Yeah, we’re focused on one day at a time," he said. "Like I said, I guess I missed some of the big reading you guys have had. Honestly, I don’t really pay any attention to it. Sorry."
No offense taken.
FOXBORO -- There seemed to be an announcement made at Bill Belichick's press conference Wednesday morning, his first meeting with reporters during training camp.
Belichick mentioned during his opening remarks that the team will be working with the Jaguars, Texans and Lions during camp. Joint practices with the Jags and Texans had already been announced. Joint work with the Lions seemed to be news.
Belichick was asked to clarify later that the team would be having three sets of joint practices, and said, "That's right."
The work the Patriots do with the Lions won't be exactly the same as what they do with the Jaguars and Texans, though. The Patriots clarified later that the plan as of now was for the team to have a joint walkthrough with the Lions in Detroit on the day before their Aug. 25 preseason game.
The Patriots and Jaguars will conduct joint practices at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 7 and 8 before their Aug. 10 game in Foxboro. The Patriots and Texans will practice with one another at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on Aug. 15 and 16 before their Aug. 19 game in Houston.