2012 NFL Draft Live Blog: AFC East & Elite


2012 NFL Draft Live Blog: AFC East & Elite

Every pick made in the AFC East, as well as for the Broncos, Texans, Steelers and Ravens will be noted here. Keep it locked through Saturday.
7:49 p.m - The New York Jets take WR Stephen Hill with the No. 43 pick.
7:45 p.m -Dwight Stephenson informs us Miami spends its 42 pick to take Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin.
So you know what I was saying about Ryan Fitzpatrick needing protection? That's where I thought Jonathan Martin might come in. Martin had the responsibility of defending Andrew Luck's blind side at Stanford. He's been hyped as one of the best OT in the draft and says as much himself.
But considering it's Jake Long who's entering his final contract year, and there's no guarantee he can be retained by Miami, you'd think the right side would get the help. Give Lydon Murtha something to fight for, at least.
7:42 p.m - The Buffalo Bills select Cordy Glenn, former Georgia tackle at No. 41.
With Demetrius Bell gone, Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side is unprotected. Chris Hairston is decent, but not Bell.
Glenn, 6-5, 345-pounds, had a bumpy road to the OLT transition in his senior season. But he got there -- he got in shape and made it work. Would he be a better guard? Probably. Perhaps the versatility will serve the Bills well. Glenn is certainly quick and powerful.
7:21 p.m - With the 36 pick, the Broncos select Derek Wolfe, defensive tackle out of Cincinnati.
Smart, smart move by Denver. Of course, I like Wolfe a lot, so put it in that context. In 2011, the 6-5, 300-pound DT had a fumble return, 70 total tackles (21.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks, a pass break up, six quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles. Kid got work done.
Now for the Broncos' context. What name do you think of first? Von Miller. Which is why Brodrick Bunkley was underrated in that defense. Now he's gone -- off to New Orleans -- and Denver can't expect Ty Warren, Justin Bannan, and Kevin Vickerson to pick up the slack. I imagine those three sitting at Dunkin' Donuts all day, sipping small coffees (they're old).
7:17 p.m - The Ravens use pick No. 35 on linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
The rich get richer. A team known for its suffocating defense adds the former key to Alabama's. Upshaw is thickly built at 6-2, 272-pounds. He's a high-intensity, power-leverage rusher who will do well in a 3-4 like Baltimore's.
But didn't Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh say over and over that the Ravens' top need in the draft was left guard? Perhaps not. The free agency loss of linebacker Jarrett Johnson -- his leadership, his work in the run game -- is significant. Paul Kruger showed some goods last year, but not enough to replace Johnson. And Sergio Kindle fell down the stairs and hurt his brain, so... yeah, Upshaw is a good choice.
7:14 p.m - Baltimore Ravens are on the clock.

Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear


Morning Skate: Predators kicking it into gear

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while anticpating the turkey leftovers, ready for the taking.
-- NHL referee Wes McCauley is at it again, this time going with a fun no-goal call after having some trouble with his microphone.
-- After getting humbled on Opening Night by the Bruins, the Nashville Predators are starting to get on a roll.

-- NBC Pro Hockey Talk has Kyle Turris excelling for the Predators, and Matt Duchene very much still stuck in neutral for the Ottawa Senators.

-- NHL stars go through their favorite traditions, and what they enjoy is a game that’s full of routine, superstition and tradition.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro says “it looks rotten” with the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to struggle out of the starting gate.
-- Larry Brooks goes through an all-time ranking of the general managers for the New York Rangers, and it’s an illustrious list.

-- The Vegas Golden Knights could make the playoffs in their very first season, and are absolutely far ahead of expectations for a new expansion team.
-- For something completely different: Wild turkeys are making a major comeback in Massachusetts after being all but extinct here.

Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams


Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will see some familiar faces Sunday when they play the Dolphins and former New England interior lineman Ted Larsen. 

Then again, a suddenly interesting Bill Belichick noted Friday, the Patriots are used to seeing their players of seasons past end up elsewhere. In his estimation, the Patriots see their former players stay in the league moreso than most other organizations. 

“There’s 70-something guys in the league like that that have been here and are playing for somebody else, or whatever the number is,” Belichick said when asked about facing Larsen. “It’s a lot. Seventy to 90, somewhere in there, depending on how you want to count the practice-squad players and today’s waiver wire vs. yesterday’s waiver wire. There’s a lot of guys out there. It’s one of the highest numbers in the league.”

Asked to clarify, Belichick responded, “I think we have more [former] players that are playing on other teams than other teams [do], or one of them. I don’t know if we’re the highest. We’re one of the highest; I can tell you that. We’re up there pretty high, but it depends on how you want to count them: starters, roster players, IR, practice squad. You can run the list that you run and count them up how you want to count them up, but we’d be up there pretty high.”

Belichick loosely estimated that there might be an average of three former Pats per team in the NFL. Of course, the actual number varies from team to team, with the Colts’ roster essentially looking like a Patriots museum. 
Interestingly enough, the question of the total number was explored this offseason by Pats Pulpit, who determined in May that there were 91 former Patriots on other rosters.