According a Tweet from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Patriots are talking with the Dallas Cowboys about acquiring the ninth pick in the draft in order to select defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.

Bill Belichick sat down with Stacey Dales of NFL.com for an interview on the eve of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Patriots own three of the top 33 picks in the draft -- and six picks in the first three rounds -- and with Belichick's recent history of dealing picks it's not a reach to think more moves might take place this year. 

 

In his upcoming book, “Play Like You Mean It,” Jets coach Rex Ryan has some nice things to say about Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan recounts what Belichick said to him after New York beat New England in the divisional playoffs to advance to the AFC championship game this past season.

Logan Mankins told reporters Tuesday that he isn't sure he wants to remain a member of the Patriots if the 2011 NFL season takes place.

"I've thought about that," Mankins said when asked if he wants to stay in New England. "I don't know. I'm not going to put any answers on that right now, I'll wait until there is a season in progress before I decide."

The Patriots placed the franchise tag on Mankins in February, following a 2010 season that saw the All-Pro guard miss the first seven games before signing a RFA tender for $1.54 million. 

Vince Wilfork -- in Boston for Matt Light's charity breakfast -- told WEEI.com Tuesday that retirement is "definitely a possibility" if a full NFL season is missed due to the lockout.

Sports Illustrated NFL reporter Peter King made an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about the upcoming draft and other league news.

Using a first-round round pick on a running back can be a dicey proposition. Just ask Bill Belichick, who has only drafted one back in the first round in the 11 drafts he’s presided over while with the Patriots.



Speaking to the Associated Press in Oklahoma City at his free football camp for kids, Patriots Wes Welker talked about how much he is enjoying the freedom the current NFL lockout has afforded him this offseason.

 

The Patriots worked out wide receiver Vidal Hazelton and offensive lineman Jason Kelce out of Cincinnati on Friday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hazelton is a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who was at Souther Cal before transferring to Cincinnati. In his collegiate career, he had 63 catches for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Kelce is an interior offensive linemen who was at both guard and center over the course of his college career, and was named All-BIG EAST second team as a senior. Both are considered late-round draft possibilities.

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to give his thoughts on next week's draft. The Patriots -- with three picks in the top 33 and six in the first three rounds -- figure to play a key role in the draft, and McShay thinks a couple of early picks could be in play as trade possibilities.