The NFL Scouting Combine is a place for making good impressions, but it’s also the birthplace of annual blunders. While it’s easy to point at foolishly high picks that stem from individual performances, the mysterious slipups of the combine are not limited to just teams.



According to a report from Fox Sports, former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs III is expected to retire due to neck injuries. Just 27 years of age, Hobbs suffered a neck injury as a member of the Eagles while returning a kick against the Giants on Nov. 21. He did noy play again and was placed on injured reserve. 

 

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez recently underwent surgery on his hip, according to this story in the Hartford Courant. On Sunday, Hernandez showed up at a skills camp organized by his brother D.J., a high school football coach in Southington, Conn., on crutches, and apparently told campers the crutches were because of hip surgery.

For the Patriots, the annual NFL Combine — set to open this week in Indianapolis — is an important part of their overall assessment of college prospects. But when it comes down to deciding whether or not a player is the kind of guy you want in a New England uniform, it’s only a singular part of a much larger evaluation process.



The Patriots confirmed the addition of George Godsey to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Thursday evening, and announced the promotions of Harold Nash from assistant to head strength and conditioning coach and Brian Ferentz from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.

George Godsey, who has spent the last seven years as an assistant at the University of Central Florida, is set to join the Patriots coaching staff, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The move was confirmed by UCF head coach George O’Leary.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Raiders worth as much as $30 million. The deal, which contains $22.5 million in guaranteed money, makes him the highest-paid defensive player in football.

 

Seymour was franchised for the 2010-11 season, earning $12.398 million in his second season in Oakland.

 

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have placed the franchise tag on guard Logan Mankins. He will be paid a salary of $10.1 million should he sign the offer, according to the Schefter report. Mankins sat out the Patriots' first seven games of the 2010 season before signing his contract tender as a restricted free agent. He told the Boston Herald before the 2011 Pro Bowl that he would not be pleased if the Patriots put the franchise tag on him this offseason.

 

Mike Woicik has decided to leave the Patriots after 11 seasons as the strength and conditioning coach, and will take the same job with the Cowboys, according to a report from ESPNDallas. Woicik, who joined the Patriots shortly before the 2000 season, returns to Dallas, where he won three rings as the strength and conditioning coach with the Cowboys in the mid-1990s before doing the same with New England. He is the only player or coach with six Super Bowl rings. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots announced several changes to the coaching staff on Friday afternoon. On offense, Bill O'Brien has been named the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Meanwhile, on defense there are three positional changes — Matt Patricia will now coach the Patriots' safeties, Patrick Graham will serve as linebackers coach and Brian Flores was named defensive assistant. In addition, it was announced that Corwin Brown, who shared responsibilities with Josh Boyer as a defensive backs coach in 2010, will not return to the team in 2011.