NFL Draft picks No. 9-16: Dolphins stop Tunsil's slide at No. 13


NFL Draft picks No. 9-16: Dolphins stop Tunsil's slide at No. 13

No access at Gillette? No first-round pick unless the Patriots make a swap into the latter stages of the round? No problem. We're all over it from the palatial offices here in Burlington. We go pick-by-pick through the first round.

Bears: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

The Bears traded up from the No. 11 slot to go and get the pass-rusher they coveted, dealing with the Buccaneers to leap-frog the Giants. Could the Bears have used a tackle? Potentially. But after a video of Laremy Tunsil smoking while wearing a gas mask surfaced online, he has fallen down draft boards. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the video could be as many as five years old.  

Giants: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Like Joey Bosa to the Chargers, this was one of those did-not-see-that-coming moves. Apple is an athletic corner with good size, but his college tape left him more open to criticism than some of his peers at the position. Again, a tackle could have been in play. Maybe a receiver. Instead the Giants went with a corner who many ranked behind Flordia corner Vernon Hargreaves, Clemson corner Mackensie Alexander, and Houston cover man William Jackson III. 

Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

The Buccaneers played this well. They could have taken Hargreaves at No. 9, but they traded out, added draft capital, and still got their man. Hargreaves may be a bit undersized to play some of the bigger No. 1 receivers at the next level, but his footwork is pristine, and he has a knack for making plays on the football. 

Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

The Saints desperately needed to add to their defense after putting together one of the weakest units in the league last season. Rankins is a ready-made interior lineman who can play multiple different spots along the New Orleans front. At 6-foot-1, 299 pounds, he's smaller than the prototypical defensive tackle but he'll be stout against the run and pressure opposing quarterbacks on third downs. 

Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Tunsil slide finally came to a stop at No. 13. At first blush, this doesn't seem like great news for the Patriots. Bill Belichick's defense will now face a player that many considered the No. 1 prospect in the draft twice a year. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder was asked by Deion Sanders immediately after the pick was made what in God's name happened with his Twitter account. "It's a crazy world," Tunsil said. "Things happen for a reason." Sanders asked if it was his step-father who hacked the account. Tunsil's step-father filed suit against Tunsil on Wednesday after a domestic incident. "I don't know who it was," Tunsil said.

Raiders: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

The Raiders went after their Charles Woodson replacement early. Considered to be more of a bottom-of-the-first-round selection, Joseph is a heat-seeking missile who just plain destroys ball-carriers. He has good insticts and ball skills and should be able to play as a single-high safety or a box safey. Joseph is coming off of a season-ending knee injury, but his medicals must have checked out with Raiders brass. 

Browns: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Coleman didn't run the most varied route tree in college, but he's an explosive athlete and a relentless competitor. He'll give quarterback Robert Griffin III a pro-ready down-the-field threat. And they need one. Badly. 

Patriots stay busy, reportedly sign Patrick Chung to extension

Patriots stay busy, reportedly sign Patrick Chung to extension

The Patriots have been busy in the last 48 hours. They made a trade to bring in a second McCourty. They signed a defensive end, a running back and an offensive lineman. And now they're extending one of their own. 

According to NFL Media, the Patriots are signing safety Patrick Chung to a short-term contract extension. Chung was headed into the final year of his contract and was set to earn $2 million in base salary. It's the third extension Chung has signed with New England in a little more than three years. 

Chung, who turns 31 in August, is arguably Bill Belichick's most versatile defender. He is able to play a traditional strong safety role, covering tight ends and backs and playing in run support. He's also been used at the "star" spot to take on opposing slot receivers, and he'll occasionally rush the passer. He's also still a key contributor in the kicking game. 

"The guy is a really good football player," Belichick said of Chung earlier in January. "He’s one of the best players in the league, one of the best players on our team. He does a lot of things very well and has done them that way for a long time. We’re lucky we have him. He’s an outstanding player in all the things that he does. We put a lot on him, and he always comes through."

Chung's second go-round with the Patriots has breathed new life into his career. 

Drafted in the second round in 2009 - with a pick the Patriots picked up by trading Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs - Chung was used in more of a traditional deep safety role. That gig didn't exactly maximize his skill set, and in 2013 he signed with the Eagles to play under his college coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly. 

The Eagles released Chung after one season, and the Patriots re-signed him with a different role in mind. A strong tackler who wasn't afraid to mix it up at the linebacker level, Chung started to be deployed more often in the box. He readily admitted, he welcomed the change to be a little closer to the action. 

In 2015, Chung signed an extension to tack on three years to what was initially a one-year contract. In 2016, he signed another one-year extension. 

"We took the guy in the second round," Belichick said last season. "But it just - for a combination of reasons, I'd say a big part of it [being] mistakes that I personally made - it didn’t work out the way that we hoped it would. But we got it right the second time. I think we've been able to utilize him. I wish we had been able to do that when we initially got him, but it didn’t work out that way. Like I said, I think we finally got it right."


Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.