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Will the Pats try to fill needs through the supplemental draft?

Will the Pats try to fill needs through the supplemental draft?

The NFL's supplemental draft will take place on Wednesday, and there seems to be more intrigue surrounding the current crop of available players than there has been in recent seasons. If a player is selected -- and there could be a couple -- it would be the first time a player has been taken in the supplemental draft since the Rams took tackle Isaiah Battle in 2015.

Before we get to the top players available, let's give a quick rundown of how the supplemental draft works -- and explain why it's relatively unlikely the Patriots come away with a new player at day's end. 

HOW IT WORKS
All teams are split into three groups, per NFL.com: Non-playoff teams that had six or fewer wins (let's call this Group 1); non-playoff teams that had more than six wins (Group 2); playoff teams (Group 3). Group 1 has priority over Groups 2 and 3. Group 2 has priority over Group 3. If there are same-round bids for a player by multiple teams within a group, then there is a lottery that determines priority.

What happens if multiple teams bid a pick from the same round? In that case, the league has a priority order it can defer to. 

All teams are split into three groups: Non-playoff teams that had six or fewer wins (let's call this Group 1); non-playoff teams that had more than six wins (Group 2); playoff teams (Group 3). Group 1 has priority over Groups 2 and 3. Group 2 has priority over Group 3. If there are same-round bids for a player by multiple teams within a group, then there is a lottery that determines priority.

Why does this mean the odds the Patriots will end up with a player is somewhat unlikely? If there's a player the Patriots like, they would have to out-bid other interested teams from Groups 1 and 2. And if Bill Belichick and his staff are vying for the same player with others in Group 3, they have to hope they get some good luck in the lottery. 

Given the value the Patriots place on their spring draft picks, it seems unlikely they'd be willing to part with a valuable selection in order to land a player who will be behind the eight ball once he reports to work. Getting up to speed after missing all of rookie minicamp, all of OTAs and mandatory minicamp would be an uphill climb . . . to say the least. 

WHO'S AVAILABLE
Players who become eligible for the NFL following the NFL Draft can be entered into the supplemental draft. Bernie Kosar (1985), Brian Bosworth (1987), Cris Carter (1987), Rob Moore (1990), Ahmad Brooks (2006), Terrelle Pryor (2011) and Josh Gordon (2012) are among the most well-known players to be taken in the supplemental draft. In 1989, a whopping three teams used first-round bids to take players: quarterback Steve Walsh (Cowboys); quarterback Tomm Rosenback (Cardinals); running back Bobby Humphrey (Broncos). In 1999, the Patriots used a fourth-round pick to acquire corner J'Juan Cherry.

Here's a look at the players available this year.

Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan (6-foot-1, 178 pounds)
Beal could be the highest supplemental draft pick taken since the Browns scooped up Gordon with a second-round pick in 2012. Beal, who was reportedly in danger of being ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season, carried nine more pounds when he was measured in the spring, according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt. Beal's length and athleticism (4.47-second 40-yard dash, 37-inch vertical leap, 126-inch broad, 4.09-second short shuttle) could make him intriguing for the Patriots. His three-cone was less than ideal (7.11 seconds), but he seems to be relatively polished as a defender. He was a second-team All-MAC selection last season, and against USC he picked off eventual No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold. All 32 NFL teams were in attendance for Beal's pro day. 

Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 194)
Alexander has the build to potentially make a move to safety if an NFL team wants to see him there. As a corner, he doesn't quite stack up with Beal athletically. Alexander ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash, a 4.38 short-shuttle and a 7.19 three-cone at his pro day last month. Alexander was productive in a good conference, though, recording seven picks and 17 breakups in three seasons. His size could entice a team to bid a Day 3 pick for his services in the supplemental draft. He was ruled academically ineligible for his senior season, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.

Brandon Bryant, S, Mississippi State (5-11, 207)
There were 14 teams on hand for Bryant's pro day, according to NFL Media, but the Patriots weren't one of them. His change-of-direction numbers weren't anything to write home about (7.26-second three-cone, 4.23-second shuttle), but his 40 (4.45 seconds) and jumps (34-inch vertical, 123-inch broad) were impressive. An explosive player from an SEC program, Bryant could find himself added to a roster on Wednesday. He announced he was leaving the MSU program after being held out of spring workouts for academic reasons, according to NFL.com. 

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?

Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter 

It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"

He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:

Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?

The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date. 

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Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.

Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.

Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30. 

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