In WEEI.com's continuing coverage of the NFL Draft, which kicks off with the first round Thursday, D.J. Bean has his latest -- and final -- mock draft, in which he has the Patriots selecting Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick. Bean predicts that the No. 1 overall pick will be Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford headed to the Rams, with Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh going No. 2 to the Lions.

WEEI.com has been asking our readers who they thought the Patriots should take with their first-round pick by opening a bracket with 16 names that could be available when the Patriots are on the clock with the 22nd overall selection. The second round of voting is over and the third round is now open. The bracket is down to the final four players. Click here to launch the bracket to see who is in the final four and to vote in Round 3.

ESPN NFL analyst Todd McShay joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the NFL draft, which begins Thursday night. McShay said he expects one of three pass-catchers to be available when the Patriots pick at No. 22, and it would be difficult to pass on Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, who McShay says is likely to be the only tight end to go in the top 50 picks.

 

Dear Beli-Claus,

How are you? I hope you are well. I know the big day is upon us and you and your helpers are working hard at your war room in Foxboro, busily getting everything ready for all of us. So I won’t keep you. I’m just writing to tell you what I’ve wished for this year.



JERRY THORNTON

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Sun. Sept. 12 vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 19 at N.Y. Jets, 4 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 26 vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 4 at Miami, 8:30 p.m.
Week 5 -- Bye
Sun. Oct. 17 vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 24 at San Diego, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 31 vs. Minnesota, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 7 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 14 at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 21 vs. Indianapolis, 4:15 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 25 at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 6 vs. N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 12 at Chicago, 1 p.m.

The 2010 NFL schedule will be announced at 7 p.m., but information on a few Patriots' games is starting to leak out. WDVE in Pittsburgh (the official radio station of the Steelers) posted a copy of the 2010 schedule on their site — which was quickly taken down — that revealed the Patriots will travel to face the Steelers at Heinz Field in a Sunday night matchup on Nov. 14. In addition, the Detroit News is confirming a report from earlier this spring that the Lions will host the Patriots on Thanksgiving.

WEEI.com has confirmed that the Patriots have agreed to a contract with free agent wide receiver Torry Holt. The 33-year-old has spent 11 years in the NFL, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009 (catching 51 passes for 722 yards) after spending his first 10 years with the Rams. He has 920 career catches for 13,382 yards and 74 touchdowns. ESPN.com is reporting that the deal is for one year at $1.7 million. The news was first reported by CSNNE.com.

 

On Monday, we asked our readers who they thought the Patriots should take with their first-round pick by opening a bracket with 16 names that could be available when the Patriots are on the clock with the 22nd overall selection. Should they go offense or defense? Wide receiver, tight end or pass rusher? Well, the first round of voting is over and the second round is now open. Click here to launch the bracket to see who advanced to the next round and to vote in Round 2.

NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan joined Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to talk about his mock draft as the real draft approaches. Kirwan has the Patriots taking controversial Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant in the first round and using their three second-round picks on TCU linebacker Jerry Hughes, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Murray State defensive end Austen Lane.

 

Patriots outside linebacker and restricted free agent Pierre Woods has signed a one-year deal to remain with the team, according to a Boston.com report. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006, the Michigan product has become a dependable backup and special teams stalwart in his four seasons with New England. In 2009, he played in all 16 games and set a career high with five starts at outside linebacker. In addition, he led the team in special teams tackles with 18. With the Woods signing, that leaves the Patriots with one restricted free agent remaining, offensive lineman Logan Mankins.