Patriots spotted at UConn pro day where DB Melifonwu is main attraction

Patriots spotted at UConn pro day where DB Melifonwu is main attraction

The Patriots were present at the University of Connecticut as one ridiculously athletic Husky went through drills as both a safety and a corner. 

Per Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com, Patriots college scouting director Brian Smith was on the Storrs campus -- along with representatives from the Cardinals, Eagles, Texans, Bucs, Packers, Steelers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints -- to get a look at defensive back Obi Melifonwu and his draft-eligible teammates. 

One of the top testers at the NFL Scouting Combine, Melifonwu checked in at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds and ran an impressive 4.40 40-yard dash in Indy. He also jumped better than anyone at the combine when it came to both the vertical (44 inches) and the broad jump (11-feet-9). 

Melifonwu did not run the shuttle drills at the combine, but he checked those boxes at his pro day, submitting very strong shuttle times and an adequate three-cone drill.

After playing safety at UConn, there are those who wonder if -- because of his stand-out athleticism -- Melifonwu will be able to play corner as a pro. It's a track similar to that of his former college teammate Byron Jones, who was considered a versatile defensive back and one of the best athletes at the draft two years ago before being taken in the first round by the Cowboys

Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm on the trade value of Malcolm Butler

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Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm on the trade value of Malcolm Butler

With Koppen and Mayo out, Mike Giardi interviews Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner. The two discuss the value Malcolm Butler could fetch in a deal with the Saints, whether the Browns can connect on a last-ditch effort to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo, and which positions might be hits for the Patriots in the NFL Draft.

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Patriots to lose fourth-round pick they receive in Cooks deal

Patriots to lose fourth-round pick they receive in Cooks deal

And you thought the deluge of Deflategate-related news -- reduced to a trickle in recent months -- would be dried up by now.

Yeah. About that. 

By agreeing to a trade with the Saints that sent New Orleans the No. 32 overall pick and a third-rounder in exchange for receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-rounder, the Patriots picked up the draft choice that will be wiped out by the league as part of the Deflategate punishment. 

When the league issued its discipline, it was clear that when the Patriots would be docked a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-rounder in 2017, the picks taken would be the team's highest picks in those rounds. 

In receiving No. 118 from the Saints in the Cooks deal, that pick becomes their highest fourth-rounder and will be erased by the NFL. The Patriots had two other fourth-round picks headed into the week -- No. 132 (from Seattle) and No. 137. After trading No. 137 in a deal with the Colts to receive tight end Dwayne Allen, the Patriots will have No. 132 restored. 

As Pro Football Talk points out, before the Saints-Patriots trade becomes official, it's possible that the Saints would try to trade down, swap fourth-rounders with another club, and pick up some extra draft capital. So long as the pick sent to the Patriots is between No. 118 and No. 131, New England would not be affected because they'd lose the pick no matter what. 

Below is a quick breakdown of the picks the Patriots own at this point. Of course, things could change. The way the Patriots have operated over the course of the last week serves as a reminder that everything is fluid, especially since they may want to find a way to slide back into the top two rounds of the draft.

THIRD ROUND: No. 72 (from Carolina), No. 96 (compensatory)

FOURTH ROUND: No 132 (from Seattle)

FIFTH ROUND: No. 163, No. 183 (compensatory)

SIXTH ROUND: No. 200 (from Indianapolis)

SEVENTH ROUND: No. 239