Kraft on Pats' draft class: 'The height . . . we think we're competitive with the Celts'

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Kraft on Pats' draft class: 'The height . . . we think we're competitive with the Celts'

FOXBORO -- When Robert and Jonathan Kraft emerged from the Gillette Stadium tunnel on Thursday afternoon, they did so in the shadow of what was simultaneously both one of the smallest and largest draft classes in team history. 

The Patriots selected only four players in this year's draft, the smallest class the franchise has ever had. But Youngstown State's Derek Rivers, Troy's Antonio Garcia, Arkansas' Deatrich Wise and UCLA's Conor McDermott all measure between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-8, something the team's president and CEO pointed out almost immediately when the annual rookie photo op began. 

"Jonathan and I were commenting, this is our 24th year of doing this, there's definitely something in the milk they're drinking," Robert Kraft said. "The height . . . We think we're competitve with the Celts."

The Patriots typically reserve events like Thursday's for their first- or second-round draft picks. But because the team had neither in this year's draft, they opted to introduce all four at once. 

"This is the smallest draft class, officially," said Kraft. "It's the first time that we didn't have a first-round pick or a second-round pick. But we think that Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy and Mike Gillislee and Dwayne Allen are also part of this draft class. We gave up picks for every one of them."

The Patriots will hold their rookie minicamp this weekend. 

What is the fate of Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo with the Patriots?

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What is the fate of Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo with the Patriots?

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down the relatively small Patriots draft class from 2017. After a long offseason of Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcolm Butler speculation, both remain on the roster after the draft. Curran and Perry look at their futures.

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Best of BST Podcast: Red Sox get punked

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Best of BST Podcast: Red Sox get punked

On this episode of The Best of Boston Sports Tonight...

0:41 - Lou Merloni says the Red Sox made atrocious errors and baserunning decisions. Also, talks about Mookie Betts getting drilled by the Orioles and the intent behind it and how the Red Sox can respond.

3:06 - Mike Giardi and Evan Drellich talk about the dislike between the Orioles and the Red Sox, if there is a leadership problem in the clubhouse, and discuss Rick Porcello’s comments.

6:39 - Discussion about the Celtics getting the victory over the Wizards in Game 1 and how impressive of a win it was.

10:53 - Phil Perry joins BST to talk about the Patriots draft grade, which was a ‘F’ according to Mike Felger.

14:25 - With Paul Pierce retiring, the BST crew takes a look back at his career and how he will be remembered.