It's back to draft coverage around New England this morning and there are a few interesting tidbits relating to the Patriots to pass along.
ESPNBoston's Mike Reissreports on the Patriots final prospect visit before the draft – USC tackle Tyron Smith. He also examines a piece Michael Lombardiwrote on NFL.com predicting some more trades by Bill Belichick. Shalise Manza Youngof the Boston Globe *takes a look at running backs and where the Patriots might take one. The *Boston Herald's Ian Rapoportwonders if it's time to seek **Tom Brady**’s successor. ESPN.com's AFC East blogger Tim Grahamgrabs **Danny Watkins **at No. 28 for the Patriots in a mock draft. Kerry Byrne of SI.com provides 10 glaring holes that need to be filled on draft day, including one for your very own New England Patriots.
On the labor front, the Globe's Greg Bedardsays Judge Susan Nelsonis now on the clock. Tom Curran of CSNNE.com caught up with Patriots owner Robert Kraftafter the announcement of Gillette Stadium playing host to UMass football and offers more on the lockout. The Associated Press provides an update of the status of the labor talks. SI.com's Don Bankssays the equity of the NFL schedule would be compromised if weeks are lost due to the lockout.