June 12, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) takes questions from reporters after mini camp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Cup of Gronk

Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon was the only player picked, and he went to the Browns in the second round, which means they forfeit their second-round selection in the real NFL draft in 2013.
Good question, because this could go either way. Obviously, the offense doesn’t need much in the department of improvement, but it was the offense that made more mistakes during the Super Bowl. Bottom line — and you’ve heard this plenty of times before — I think the Patriots’ ultimate success rests with Tom Brady. They so rarely lose when he’s at the top of his game, and if the offense made one or two more plays against the Giants, they would have been the champs.
In previous seasons, it was not uncommon for teams to enter training camp with at least one roster spot available, particularly with the high number of minor injuries (i.e. muscle pulls or strains) that occur during training camp, with the extra spot used as injury insurance.
“He stepped in at guard in 2010 and did a very good job, and last season, he was outstanding for the Patriots,” Nawrocki says. “You look at their history of centers — Dan Koppen, Damien Woody — they’ve always had centers that are very quick and very good in pass protection. He definitely fit the bill. He played as well as anyone last season and I consider him an elite player at that position. I think he’s very under the radar around the league in terms of recognition.”
It seems that the last few rounds, Alec and I have been working off very similar draft boards. In the second round, Alec chose Devin McCourty, the next player on my board. In the third round, I selected Matthew Slater, who was on Alec’s short board. He then turned around, and selected Rob Gronkowski, who was my next intended pick. I then selected Pat Chung, who Alec intended to pick. Now, Alec has selected Kyle Arrington, who was on my short board of players.
OVERVIEW: By title, the slot/nickel cornerback, known as the “star” corner, is not a starter. In terms of his overall impact in today’s NFL and his value to a roster, he ought to be considered a starter – that’s how important he is to a defense. With passing offenses clicking at an all-time rate in today’s NFL, the need for not just two, but at least three capable cornerbacks is ever growing. Additionally, a star cornerback who can match up with the increasing number of effective slot receivers is invaluable. There are no indications that the NFL is heading toward a regression as it relates to passing offenses, meaning that the need for quality cornerbacks in a great quantity is likely to continue to increase.
New England Patriots Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker has three days to work out a multi-year extension. Otherwise, he will play on a one-year franchise tag worth $9.5 million. Will Welker get a new contract?
The bizarre and rather creepy audition video of Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, 71, and his thirtysomething galpal, Ricki Noel Lander, has disappeared from YouTube. In its place is a two-line statement that says the video contains material that is “the property of FOX” (not clear if they mean the TV network or the 20th-Century Fox movie studio, both owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.) and has thus been blocked for copyright reasons.
Wes Welker and the New England Patriots have “50-50″ odds of reaching a long-term contract agreement before the July 16 deadline for franchise players, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

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