Wednesday's New England Patriots Links 4/30: Patriots should take no chances in this draft

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April 30, 2014 at 08:36am ET

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Bill Belichick and the Patriots continue getting ready for next week's NFL Draft. (USA TODAY Images)


Patriots should take no chances in this draft - Ben Volin: Volin has his "On Football" column on this Wednesday, and believes the team shouldn't take chances on players this year who may have a checkered past.

Patriots explain why they’re looking at QBs in NFL draft - Ben Volin: Volin has comments from Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, who explained why his team has taken a deep look at the quarterback class in this year’s NFL Draft.

Robert Kraft smooches Sir Elton - Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein - Shanahan and Goldstein have a photo of Kraft kissing Elton John in this link.


Patriots zero in on guessing game - Jeff Howe: Howe has a good read looking at why the Patriots have brought in so many quarterbacks this offseason.

Patriots Draft Series: Hulk-like Notre Dame DT Stephon Tuitt flashes enormous potential - Karen Guregian: Guregian spotlights Tuitt in this entry, and gives her thoughts on why the Patriots would want him.


Gronkowski says knee improving - Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Rob Gronkowski, who did a recent radio interview and talked about his recovery from his knee injury.

10 perfect Patriots: TE CJ Fiedorowicz - Mike Reiss: Reiss has a list of players he believes will be perfect fits with the team, and begins the series looking at Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Ninkovich: Long story not a happy ending - Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Ninkovich from a recent radio interview, with the veteran linebacker commenting on the fact they need to do a better job of getting off the field in 3rd-and-long yardage situations.

Patriots, top QB prospects & visits - Mike Reiss: Reiss writes that after hosting quite a few players on pre-draft visits, the team has put in a significant amount of time and resources and has comments from Caserio on the process.


Patriots Mock Draft: New England Trades Down To Pick Tight End, Fill Needs - Doug Kyed: Kyed predicts the team will trade down in the first round before grabbing a tight end next week.

Patriots Host Draft Prospects To See If They Can Handle Team’s Demands - Doug Kyed: Kyed has comments from Caserio, who talked a little about how they go through the process of seeing how potential prospects handle information.

Rob Ninkovich: Bill Belichick Open With Players, Messes With Media - Doug Kyed: Kyed has additional comments from Ninkovich and his relationship with Belichick.


The New England Patriots will look for the best available players in the draft, regardless of position - Nick Underhill: Underhill writes that fans can be certain that the players the team selects will end up in Foxborough because of what they're capable of doing on the field, and not necessarily where they line up.

Patriots should be cautious of players with character concerns, but not fearful of them - Nick Underhill: Underhill also believes the team should be wary of character concerns, but that shouldn't necessarily stop them from taking a chance on one.


Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots 4/29/14: Here's the audio from Gronkowski's interview on WAAF yesterday.


Patriots set to play their annual numbers game - Jennifer Toland: Toland looks at the upcoming draft and ponders how the Patriots will handle this year's edition.


Patriots finishing up their homework - Mark Farinella: Farinella has an article on the fact the Patriots are finishing up their preparations leading up to next week's draft.