I may be mistaken, but regarding draftees' contracts, I believe the new rule limits players selected in rounds 2+ to 4 year maximum deals. I believe a rule already existed which limited contracts for players taken in the latter round to 4 year max. deals, anyhow... This brings me to what I have thought about in relation to the Pats and our draft this year. Specifically, how much (if at all) do you think this new rule will affect our draft board and/or the players we select? Will some players in the higher rounds now be of greater value to us in light of the fact that they can only be signed to 4 year deals after the first round? Might we be more reluctant to trade down from our first round pick (if we were ever interested in such a move in the first place) in light of this rule? Might certain draft prospects be given more or less relative value to us in light of this rule? How do you foresee this rule affect other teams' draft boards and activities on draft day? Etc. This is entirely speculative, of course, but its something I've been thinking about. Perhaps this rule will have little affect on our draft. However, when I look at a few of our recent 1st round selected players like Seymour (6 or 7 year rookie contract?), Watson (ultimately signed for what...5 or 6?), Mankins (signed for 5 or 6, as well, did he not?), it leads me to believe that we feel strongly about our first round selections, and prefer to sign them to lenghy deals (for obvious reasons). Thoughts?