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News Blitz 5/4: Analyzing the Patriots draft

Today’s News Blitz brings continued breakdown of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 2015 NFL draft concluded early Saturday night, but a couple days later there is still plenty of draft analysis and review trickling throughout the internet news cycle.

Whether analysts loved or hated the Patriots draft, the 11 selections certainly brought plenty to break down and dissect.

The Boston Globe gets things going by using the draft as a jumping-off point to look at Bill Belichick’s defensive philosophy. Philosophy aside, Globe columnist Chris Gasper says the Patriots are still thin at cornerback. The Globe also notes that Rob Gronkowski is one of 16 finalists to be voted on by fans who may appear on the cover of Madden 16. (Given the unlucky history of that "honor," here's hoping he doesn't win the vote!)

The Boston Herald has five takeaways from the Patriots three days of drafting while noting that New England’s plan seemed to focus on bolstering its pass rush. The Herald's Inside Track has a note on Tom Brady, Gronkowski (Gronk's glasses are a must-see) and others stopping by the Kentucky Derby on their way to Las Vegas for Saturday night's big fight.

The Providence Journal says the roster additions from draft weekend are a preview of plenty of competition that will hit New England later this summer. The ProJo relays some of the message sent to former Patriots captain Vince Wilfork at the New England Institute of Technology graduation. passes along a message Belichick sent his rookies at the end of his Saturday night press conference following the conclusion of the draft. The site also has an interesting take on the winners and losers from the Patriots draft action. Mike Reiss' must-read Sunday notes say it's unlikely the Patriots will be holding joint practices with the Packers. Patriots Insider Tom Curran says that if undrafted LSU guard La'El Collins is cleared in the murder investigation of his former girlfriend that the Patriots would have interest in the lineman who was previously expected to be a first-round pick this spring. also passes along the undrafted free agents who have reportedly signed with the Patriots, including former Michigan QB Devin Gardner, while noting that Jerry Jones sees some Devin McCourty in first-round pick Byron Jones. says versatility was the key for many of the Patriots day 3 draft picks.'s instant draft grades gave the Patriots a B-plus. gave the Patriots a straight B for their work this past weekend. says fourth-round pick Tre’ Jackson could be a rookie offensive line starter in New England this fall.

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