Curran: Examining the Pats' draft analysis


Curran: Examining the Pats' draft analysis

By Tom E. Curran

Our corporate brother-in-arms, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, has put together an exhaustive investigation of the past five drafts for every team in the NFL and rated them top-to-bottom. The local entrant placed ninth in Maiocco's rankings, directly behind the Steelers and directly ahead of Tampa Bay. The Green Bay Packers finished first in the rankings. A couple of interesting things to note: no team has made more selections since 2006 that New England (51). Next highest are the Packers (47), who placed first in Maiocco's rankings. The Jets - rated fourth - only made 27 picks.They emerged with nine starters. The Patriots have drafted seven starters with their 51. Maiocco alsocomes up with a best pick and a worst pick for each team. Have to quibble with hisselection of Brandon Meriweather in 2007(21st overall) as the team's best. Jerod Mayo (10th in 2008), Devin McCourty (27th in '10), Sebastian Vollmer (58 in '09) and Stephen Gostkowski (118th in '06) are all better selections than Meriweather, a guy whogets voted into because of the "U" contingent around the league more than for on-field performance. As for the worst pick, Maiocco selects Laurence Maroney. I disagree there, as well. Maroney actually did some decent stuff here. Chad Jackson (36th in 2007), and the 2008 washout trio of Terrence Wheatley (62), Shawn Crable (78)and Kevin O'Connell(94)has to be appreciated.

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Patriots release a pair from end of roster


Patriots release a pair from end of roster

After importing a fleet of corners over the weekend, the Patriots released veteran Rashaan Melvin on Monday.

Melvin was claimed off waivers in October of last season as the Patriots were combing the league for cornerback depth. He’d been with the Ravens previously and was targeted repeatedly by Tom Brady in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff win. Soon after joining the Patriots, he was on the field against the Giants in Week 9 when Justin Coleman got injured. It didn’t go well as Eli Manning sought Melvin out and chewed him up.

The Patriots released Melvin in mid-December and then signed him back to their practice squad.

The Patriots drafted Cyrus Jones on Friday and reportedly added four more undrafted corners (the team hasn’t confirmed those agreements yet) so Melvin became expendable.

The Patriots also released linebacker James Vaughters, who they signed to a futures contract in January.