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News Blitz 4/1: Shifting to the draft

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Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston continues his look at potential Patriots who are good fits, today the cornerbacks are under the microscope. While one of the few positions where the team will return all of their starters from the past two seasons, New England always seems to continually stock the cupboard at cornerback.

Mike Reiss breaks down a fascinating tweet from former scout and current NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah containing some of Bill Belichick's key pieces when scouting offensive players. It's a fascinating little read, especially when it comes to the tight end spot where it says "don't let the lack of blocking ability eliminate a good player." That's important to keep in mind as this year's draft features plenty of pass catchers who will need time to develop their blocking.

With the NFL expanding the the playoff field to 14 teams and reducing the bye weeks to only the top conference seeds. Bernd Buchmasser of PatsPulpit breaks down how much more likely it is that that first seeds get to the Super Bowl now.

Steve Palazzolo of PFF gives the Patriots Denzel Mims in his latest mock draft. Mims is a riser this spring after impressive testing at the Scouting Combine. Tall, athletic and fast, he'd give the Patriots a good outside receiving option.

Tom E. Curran appeared on WEEI and painted a picture where Brian Hoyer could be the Week 1 starter for the Patriots. Spoiler - it involves a limited training camp where Hoyer's experience allows him to get up to speed much quicker than projected starter.

Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal jumps ahead to the 2022 Patriots depth chart that is sparsely populated with just 12 players to make the point of how important the rebuilding process is this season. Finding players in the draft who can produce will be critical.

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