The Patriots seem to be dividing their defensive linemen into two somewhat distinct classes: the athletic defensive ends and the massive run-stuffing tackles.
Vincent Valentine clearly fits the profile of the latter.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder was taken by the Patriots in the third round with pick No. 96 overall. He started for three years while at Nebraska, playing as a traditional nose tackle alongside his quicker and more explosive teammate Maliek Collins (third-round pick of the Cowboys).
While he wasn't as productive as expected, making 10 tackles in 10 games, Valentine decided to declare for the draft following his junior season because he has potential as a space-eater who can occupy blocks and allow linebackers to make plays at the NFL level.
Valentine missed three games last season due to an ankle injury. He graduated with a degree in journalism in December.
Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.
The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit.
Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season.
The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons. ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.
The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012.
McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.