Here’s the second edition of our mock draft roundup, taking a look at some of the opinions the national pundits have when it comes to whom the Patriots will target with the 32nd overall pick. When stacked against our first one (where no one really stood out), now, there seems to be a belief among some that Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis could be a potential focus for the Patriots.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiahnose tackle Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma
NFL Network’s Charley Casserlyrunning back T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
NFL Network’s Brian Baldingerwide receiver Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
NFL Network’s Charles Daviswide receiver Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
NFL.com’s Lance Zierleinwide receiver Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
NFL.com’s Bucky Brookscornerback Byron Jones, Connecticut
ESPN’s Mel Kiper — defensive tackle Carl Davis, Iowa (subscription only)
ESPN’s Todd McShay — defensive tackle Carl Davis, Iowa (subscription only)
CBS Sports’ Rob Rangdefensive tackle Eddie Goldman, Florida State
CBS Sports’ Dane Bruglercornerback Ronald Darby, Florida State
CBS Sports’ Pete Priscodefensive tackle Carl Davis, Iowa
SB Nation’s Dan Kadarguard A.J. Cann, South Carolina

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Florida State's Jameis Winston will go first overall. How will the rest of the draft shake out? (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Florida State’s Jameis Winston will go first overall. How will the rest of the draft shake out? (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

With the first wave of free agency complete and the team-building process well underway, here’s our first mock of the season. As always, mock drafts are a bit of a crapshoot, and this one is no exception. That being said, we’ve done our due diligence when it comes to trying to match post-free agency needs with suitable prospects.

1, Tampa Bay — Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State:
Makes too much sense for the Bucs not to go with Winston here. A wildly talented player who has more than his share of off-field issues. Tampa Bay will tie its fortunes to the former Heisman winner.

2. Tennessee — Leonard Williams, DT, USC:
The best size/speed combo in this year’s class when you’re talking about defenders, he’s a potential game-changer for the Titans’ defensive front. (For what it’s worth, we’€™re not buying the hints that they might be interested in Marcus Mariota at No. 2. Not yet, anyway.)

3. Jacksonvillle — Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida:
The Jags have done a nice steady job adding pieces over the last year. If Fowler is what people think — the best pure pass rusher in the draft — it would represent a good offseason for Jacksonville, and another step in the right direction.

4. Oakland — Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama:
The measurable are all there for the Raiders, who don’t hesitate to jump at the chance to add the Alabama wideout and give Derek Carr another option in the passing game. (It’s either him or Kevin White from West Virginia.)

5. Washington — Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska:
The Redskins go for what is likely the best available pass rusher. The long Gregory (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) might need to add some weight at the next level, but there’s no question about his athleticism. Shane Ray is also a possibility here.

6. New York Jets — Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon:
The Jets have added some very nice pieces on both sides of the ball this offseason, but the quarterback situation remains muddled. Ryan Fitzpatrick could be a placeholder for Mariota, who could sit for a season and then conceivably take over in 2016. (For what it’s worth, if Mariota doesn’t go here and the rest of the first round plays out without a trade by a quarterback-needy team, there’s the possibility he suffers a bit of a draft day tumble. Not Aaron Rodgers-esque, but he could still tumble.)

7. Chicago — Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: Best available receiver after the Brandon Marshall trade, although it’s tough to pass on the likes of potential game-changers like Vic Beasley and Danny Shelton for a team that still has some question marks on defense.

8. Atlanta — Vic Beasley, LB, Clemson:
Considered one of the most complete defensive players in the draft, Beasley is an excellent first step in Dan Quinn’s goal of creating a Seahawks-like defense with the Falcons.

9. New York Giants — Shane Ray, DE, Missouri: Ray has slipped as of late because of a bad pro day, but New York grabs the best available pass rusher on the board. Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is also a possibility here.

10. St. Louis — La’el Collins, OL, LSU:
The Rams went offensive line early last year, and appear poised to go there again. They could take Collins (who can play with guard and tackle) or Scherff. There’s also the possibility they could pluck a receiver to give new QB Nick Foles another option in the passing game. (That might be the move here if Kevin White is still on the board.)

11. Minnesota — DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville:
This feels like it’s a little early, but the chance to reunite quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with one of his favorite targets in college proves too irresistible for the Vikings.

12. Cleveland — Danny Shelton, DT, Washington:
A pure 3-4 nose tackle for Mike Pettine helps shore up a sluggish run defense.13. New Orleans — Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: The 6-foot, 186-pounder who turned in an impressive performance at the combine should give a boost to the New Orleans secondary.

14. Miami — Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri:
With the addition of Ndamukong Suh and departure of Mike Wallace, the focus turns to offense. While Green-Beckham reportedly has some off-field question marks, the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has the size and speed to give Ryan Tannehill a major target in the passing game.

15. San Francisco — Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon:
It would have made more sense for Armstead to fall to Chip Kelly at No. 20 so he could take the best available Duck, but he probably won’t last that long. The Niners are also likely in the market to rebuild depth at linebacker.

16. Houston — Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State:
Lots of directions possible for the Texans here — including an edge rusher — the pickup of Strong feels like a fit for Houston.

17. San Diego — Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia:
The first running back taken in the first round since 2012, Gurley gives the Chargers an immediate jolt in the backfield.

18. Kansas City — Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa:
Let me make this clear — I think this is too low for Scherff, who had a really good combine and pro day, and is fast becoming the best tackle on the market. Look for him to move up between now and the draft. (If Scherff is off the board, they might be inclined to go after tackle Andrus Peat out of Stanford or Ereck Flowers out of Miami.)

19. Cleveland (via Buffalo) — Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami:
After picking up Shelton to help with one of worst run defenses in the league in 2014, the Browns get another big body for the other side of the ball. Flowers can start at right tackle on Day One and eventually replace left tackle Joe Thomas when he moves on.

20. Philadelphia — Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: Chip Kelly is going to be a real wild card in this year’s draft, and given the moves he’s already made this offseason, it’s anyone’s guess what he’s going to do. However, the super quick Harold can provide a boost for his defense. But really, just about anyone is in play here.

21. Cincinnati — Landon Collins, S, Alabama:
The Bengals have apparently been pretty hot for Collins this offseason — according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Cincy defensive backs coach Mark Carrier conducted his pro day workout. Makes sense for a team that could lose both starting safeties in free agency next year.

22. Pittsburgh — Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: The Steelers were one of the worst teams in the league last year when it came to pass coverage, and as a result, they chase the best cover corner still on the board. (LSU’s Jalen Collins is also a possibility at this spot.)

23. Detroit — Malcom Brown, DT, Texas:
The losses of Suh and Nick Fairley force the Lions to try and rebuild their defensive front. There’s also a need at offensive tackle for Detroit, which could mean they’d prefer Miami’s D.J. Humphries if he’s available.

24. Arizona — Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA:
A part-time sprinter with the Bruins, he has an intriguing size/speed mix that should attract the Cards, who occasionally struggled to get after the passer last season. “Bud” Dupree of Kentucky is a possibility here, as well as a running back.

25. Carolina — D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida:
The Panthers give some protection to Cam Newton with the best available tackle.

26. Baltimore — Eddie Goldman, DL, Florida State: The Ravens have suffered some serious losses along the defensive line as of late and need some reinforcements. The loss of Torrey Smith also makes you wonder about the chances of a wide receiver at this spot, with Ohio State’s Devin Smith or Central Florida’s Breshad Permian possibilities if the Ravens go in that direction.

27. Dallas — Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin:
The Cowboys want to start the post-DeMarco Murray era on a positive note, which means it’ll be either Gurley or Gordon at this spot. (That is, if they don’t go after Adrian Peterson this offseason.)

28. Denver — T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh:
Clemmings is still a bit of a project, but has nice versatility and can probably sit for a year before stepping into a full-time starters’ role.

29. Indianapolis — Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky:
Like Scherff, a riser who will likely end up at a better spot than No. 29 on draft weekend. The Colts would be lucky to get someone like that here.

30. Green Bay — Jalen Collins, CB, LSU: Green Bay lost Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency and a replacement is needed. The Packers also struggled to stop the run, and so they could eye an inside linebacker.

31. New Orleans (from Seattle) — Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson: Anthony, who made his bones as a teammate of Vic Beasley at Clemson, has reportedly been a favorite of the New Orleans brass to this point in the pre-draft process, and an Anthony-Waynes first-round combo would be a nice haul for Rob Ryan‘s defense. Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith is also a possibility here.

32. New England — Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: In theory, the Patriots will go in one of two directions if they stick at No. 32. A defensive linemen (specifically, a defensive tackle) or cornerback. Given their success when it comes to taking big bodies as opposed to defensive backs when they’ve had a pick in the top 50, we’ll go with Phillips here, a 6-foot-5, 329-pounder who has shown an ability to play defensive tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3. There’s also Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis, as well as Florida State corner Ronald Darby to consider, with UConn defensive back Byron Jones (who lit up the combine) a potential wild card, although both Jones and Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Irving might be second-round possibilities, if they last that long.

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Christopher Price

Jeff Cumberland and the Jets are looking for a reason to celebrate vs. the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)If the entire U.S. military marched in full force on the Delaware National Guard, would we call it a Border War?



Even though the Patriots didn’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million team option for 2015, the team still had a chance to sign him — just like every other team in the league — via free agency.

Ultimately the Patriots did make an offer to Revis, but it fell short of what he was looking for.

Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots' offer to him wasn't in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis said Wednesday the Patriots’ offer to him wasn’t in the ballpark of what he was looking for. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Even though the Patriots didn’t pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million team option for 2015, the team still had a chance to sign him — just like every other team in the league — via free agency.

Ultimately the Patriots did make an offer to Revis, but it fell short of what he was looking for.

“Obviously I’m not going to speak to numbers,” Revis said on The Michael Kay Show in New York Wednesday. “But I had the option — the $20 million option — that they could’ve exercised and they didn’t. We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for. We moved on and they moved on too. Had a great conversation with Bill [Belichick], and we moved forward just like they did. That’s how you look at it.”

Revis ultimately signed with the Jets for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed. Some may say Revis only chose the Jets because of the money he was offered. He said it takes both sides to agree upon a deal.

“Contracts are contracts. We all know that, man,” said Revis. “Both sides have to agree on the deal and the numbers are the numbers. If a team doesn’t want to pay you money, they won’t pay you, they will give you a lesser deal. If they want to pay you, they will pay you. Everybody knows that. It’s not just one side. Contracts don’t get done one-sided. They get done with both sides agreeing to the terms.”

Playing for the Jets for the first six years of his career and then being traded to Tampa Bay in 2013, Revis said he was actually surprised the Jets would be interested in bringing him back for a second time. It was a place he wanted to return to, a place he calls “home.”

“I think at that point I was surprised,” Revis said. “It was a lot of back-and-forth with the tampering, what Mr. [Woody] Johnson said. There was just a lot of stuff going on at that time. In free agency they were one of the teams that called. The Jets were one of the teams that called. It was a bunch of teams. It was the Steelers, it was Cleveland, it was the Chiefs, it was the Packers, Baltimore — I mean, it was every team as well. Guys were willing to fly down and meet with me.

“The whole situation was like I said, it will always go back to that is where I got drafted. That is where I felt most comfortable. That is where I feel familiar with. I know a lot of people in the building and I felt like for me it was time to come home.”

Revis has had the privilege of playing for two of the best defensive coaches in the game in Belichick and Rex Ryan. Although both have different styles, Revis said he learned a lot from both.

“I love them both,” he said. “I learned a lot from Rex. I definitely learned a lot from Bill. They have two different coaching styles. Having either one of them as a head coach I don’t think you could go wrong either way. I am happy to have played under those guys and actually learn a lot of football from both sides.”

On the outside many people don’t view Belichick has a funny person. Revis said once you’re around him on a daily basis you can see that he has a sense of humor, albeit a dry sense of humor.

“Bill is funny, man,” Revis said. “It’s a dry sense of humor. If you’re around him long enough you’ll get it. You’ll get his dry sense of humor and his jokes and he’ll crack a smile and you will crack a smile with him because you’ll get the jokes. … He gets guys laughing and things, but Rex is a little bit more loud. Bill is a little bit more conservative and laid back kind of guy.”

Now playing for the Jets, and Ryan now in Buffalo with the Bills, Revis with get to face his former coaches in exactly one-fourth of his games during the 2015 season — most likely trying to show them what they are missing not having him on their teams.

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Ryan Hannable

The investigation led by Ted Wells into Deflategate has now approached two months, and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t put a timeframe on the investigation.

Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate during his state of the league address Friday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t put a timeframe on the Deflategate investigation when speaking Wednesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The investigation led by Ted Wells into Deflategate has now approached two months, and it doesn’t look like an end is coming anytime soon.

Speaking at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t put a timeframe on the investigation.

“We have not put a timeframe on Ted Wells,” Goodell said. “We’€™ve asked him to be thorough, complete and when he is finished with that, he’€™ll give that to us and to the public in general.”

A followup question was then asked if the league was at all at fault for possibly staining the Patriots’ reputation in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

“We think we made it very clear at the Super Bowl,” said Goodell. “We were not making any judgments, that we were obligated as part of our role to make sure we understand the facts. Whenever there is a charge potentially of a violation of our rules, we take it very seriously, and that’€™s our obligation. That’€™s our obligation to the other 31 clubs. Ted Wells will be going through the report. If there was anything that we as a league did incorrectly, we’€™ll know in that report.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On top of the five rules to help with player safety, and getting rid of the unbalanced line like the Patriots used in the playoffs against the Ravens and Colts, the NFL also approved a few more rule changes as the NFL owners’ meetings wrapped up in Arizona on Wednesday.

Some of these include:

— Linebackers are now permitted to wear No.’s 40-49.

— Retractable roofs can now be opened at halftime, even if they were closed for the first half.

— Instant replay now includes a review of game clock on the final play of a half or overtime.

— Enforcement of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the end of a half will now be applied to the ensuing kickoff to start the second half.

— The date for the beginning of the window during which players on the PUP list may begin practice has been modified to make it more competitively fair for teams playing on Thursday.

For complete details of all the NFL rules changes, visit the official NFL rules page here.

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Ryan Hannable

The eligible receiver/ unbalanced line tactics the Patriots utilized in the AFC divisional playoff game agains the Ravens have now been ruled illegal. The league announced Wednesday that they have passed a proposal to make it  “illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation.”

John Harbaugh and the Ravens are likely pretty happy after hearing that the unbalanced line the Patriots used in the playoffs is now illegal. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

John Harbaugh and the Ravens are likely pretty happy after hearing that the unbalanced line the Patriots used in the playoffs is now illegal. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The eligible receiver/ unbalanced line tactics the Patriots utilized in the AFC divisional playoff game agains the Ravens have now been ruled illegal. The league announced Wednesday that they have passed a proposal to make it  “illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation.”

The genesis of the rule change came from the postseason contest between New England and Baltimore when Patriots ran a handful of plays using four offensive linemen and a running back (Shane Vereen) or tight end (Michael Hoomanawanui) lined up as the tackle. Before the plays, the Patriots informed the referee of the ineligible player, and on at least one occasion, the referee announced to the crowd that No. 34 (Vereen) was ineligible, adding “don’t cover (Vereen).”

The Ravens were clearly steamed at the legal sequence after the game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it “deception,” and took issue with the idea that “they don’t give you the chance to make the proper substations and things like that.”

He added: “We wanted an opportunity to be able to ID who the eligible players were. What (the Patriots) were doing was they announce the ineligible player and then Tom [Brady] would take them to the line right away and snap the ball before we had a chance to figure out who was lined up where. That was the deception part of it. It was clearly deception.”

In the midst of the confusion, the Patriots were able to capitalize — on three plays, New England hit on pass plays of 16, 11 and 14 yards. While it wasn’t the biggest turning point in the game, it was clear that it contributed to the normally unflappable Ravens coming unglued, as Baltimore twice choked up 14-point leads on the way to the Patriots win.

After the game, Brady was asked about the play.

“Maybe those guys (should) study the rule book and figure it out,” said the quarterback with a smile.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price