One of the best in the business when it comes to predraft publications is Nolan Nawrocki from Pro Football Weekly.
Nawrocki's second version of his 2012 mock draft is up and here's where he's got the Patriots going.
27. New England Patriots(from New Orleans)Kendall ReyesDTConnecticutThe Patriots are more than capable of stuffing the run with Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love, but they could benefit from more interior penetration, and Reyes has the traits and makeup to appeal to a coaching staff that is one of the best in the league in developing talent.
31. New England PatriotsStephen HillWRGeorgia TechJr.Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels took a shot on Demaryius Thomas in Denver, and with Chad Ochocinco failing to grasp the offense, the team is still in need of a legitimate vertical threat.
Mary Paoletti spoke with Reyes before the NFL Combine. His stock has risen since. (I mean since the Combine, not since he talked to Paoletti. Although she could have been a factor.)
Hill, meanwhile, has been a player that's I've found intriguing since he ripped it up at the Combine. But I'm always the engineer on the "get a big wideout" train so at least Nawrocki's backing me a little.
Kyrie Irving's trade request has shaken up the Cleveland Cavaliers and Yahoo Sports reports that a three-way deal with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns that lands Irving in The Big Apple would shake up the NBA.
Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports says the trade being discussed has Irving and Tyson Chandler going to the Knicks, the Suns landing Kevin Love and Frank Ntilikina, the 18-year-old French guard who was the Knicks' top pick in the June draft, and the Cavs getting Carmelo Anthony and Eric Bledsoe.
The Cavs and Suns also get picks in the deal, according to Schultz.
Irving teaming with Kristaps Porzingis and Chandler with Knicks? LeBron, Melo and Bledsoe forming a new Big Three in Cleveland? The Celtics road to returning to the Eastern Conference finals would certainly get a lot more interesting.
Meanwhile, veteran NBA writer and SiriusXM Radio host Mitch Lawrence, writing for Forbes, has the Knicks as a "long shot" destination in the Kyrie Derby.
Among the NBA players' Twitter reaction to Kyrie Irving's trade request was some advice from new Celtics forward Marcus Morris and perhaps some shade from teammate Kevin Love.
Morris' advice, well, more like a request:
And Love, when asked how he's doing, referred to his Cavs teammate Irving telling Sports Illustrated that Cleveland is "in a peculiar place" in an earlier interview this summer.