NFL Network and Fox Sports analyst Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the NFL Draft.
"I'm calling this the New England Patriot Invitational, not the 2011 NFL Draft," joked Billick. "You got six picks in the first 92, 93 players you're doing pretty good."
One of those picks is No. 33 overall, the first selection of the second round. With only the first round taking place on Thursday, Billick was asked if teams will be more likely to perhaps panic and try to move up to grab a quarterback with the No. 33 pick, putting the Patriots in an ideal trade scenario.
"It's a great position to be in," Billick said. "I'm going to reserve judgment on that until I see how many have already pushed into the late first. Of course there is a great deal of speculation that everybody is going to want to push into the late first to get one of these quarterbacks. I think that would be a mistake, but if we see a bunch of that it's going to trigger, because you have a bunch of teams that don't need the quarterback -- New Orleans, Baltimore, New England, Atlanta, Chicago, the Jets, Pittsburgh, Green Bay -- that are hoping that happens. … That's going to push some pretty good players back to those teams. So if we see that, then there's obviously going to be a flurry of activity near the end of the first round, then once that dusts settles, there could be a huge interest in what's sitting there at No. 33. And New England, uncharacteristic of them, even though they love to fall back and pick up more players, may see a couple of these legitimate first-round players that could pushed back to the second, New England may think long and hard before they bypass one of those guys."
In his mock draft, Billick has the Patriots taking Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi at No. 17 and Ohio State DE Cam Heyward at No. 28. While Billick cautions that his mock draft doesn't necessarily focus on who he thinks a team will take -- instead he looks at what he thinks a team needs -- he believes both Carimi and Heyward, among others, would be good fits for the Patriots.
"I love this draft from if you are in the teens or twenties there are a lot of good, solid options," said Billick. "Not sexy picks, but good, solid players who are apt to play for you for a long time. … This board is fraught with good, solid picks. I have no idea is New England is indeed going with Gabe Carimi and then later grab Cameron Hayward. They are apt to move up or back or do some other things, but thses are two guys that represent really good, solid picks that could Bill Belichcik will be happy to have in the total mix of his team for a long time."
One pick that would make a splash in New England is Mark Ingram. Many mock drafts have the Patriots selecting the running back with the No. 28 pick, a move that Billick thinks would be a terrific one for New England.
"I love Mark Ingram," said Billick. "And it has been well documented, people talking about who it's not Mark Ingram, it's the position that has been devalued, but I like what I see in Mark Ingram. He's a guy that typically, in years past, might have been picked higher, to get a Mark Ingram at No. 17 is a good, solid pick. To get him at No. 28? You're just living too well, too many good things are happening for you, because this is an outstanding football player."
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
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Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
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Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
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Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
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Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
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