By TomE. Curran
The players were coming off the board according to plan in the early portion of the 2011 NFL Draft. And then came No. 8 and the Tennessee Titans. Looking for a replacement for Vince Young, the Titans grabbed Washington quarterback Jake Locker. Locker, after a down 2010, was not expected to go that highly at all. The other surprise was the Atlanta Falcons giving up the 27th, 59th, 124th, andfirst and fourth round picks in 2012for wide receiver Julio Jones out of Alabama. Jonesisrecovering from a stress fracture in his foot and has had hernia issues.And he's a wideout, a dependent position. It's just an eye-popping amoung to give up. Jones is talented enough to be a top-10 pick but that's the kind of bounty an All-Pro would command, not an SEC receiver. For the Patriots -- a team whose greatest needs are pass rusher and offensive line -- only one defensive end has come off the board, Aldon Smith from Missouri. The Cowboys took Tyron Smith, a tackle, from USC. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at email@example.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran
Watch out Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and Alex Guerrero. Tom Brady just might have a new best friend.
At an Under Armour event that took place on Wednesday, rapper Vanilla Ice snapped a selfie with the Patriots quarterback, who was grinning from ear to ear.
In South Baltimore, "Armour Day" was held in order to celebrate Under Armour's 20th year in business. Brady was one of many athletes in attendance, including Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, Cal Ripken, Boomer Esiason and Roger Clemens.
Brady is one of the faces of Under Armour, along with Spieth and Warriors guard Steph Curry. When he signed in 2010, he received equity in the company as part of the deal.
Fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell is the next in a line of receivers the Patriots have drafted in hopes they’d click with quarterback Tom Brady.
As part of the Quick Slants the podcast draft recap episode, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus told Phil Perry that Mitchell looks to be a fit in the role previously filled by Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. Palazzolo said Mitchell could serve as a complement to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Martellus Bennett.
“I think that’s where Mitchell fits in. And I think he does a pretty good job there creating separation on the routes the Patriots need him to run,” Palazzolo said. “He flashes some really good downfield ball skills.”
To hear Palazzolo’s analysis on the rest of the Patriots draft picks, use the Sound Cloud player below or search CSNNE on iTunes.
Lou Merloni and Gary Tanguay debate who is the most important member of the New England Patriots.