Some Patriots-based links around the Web:
Belichick among indespensible coaches: On SI.com's "Audibles" blog, Doug Farrar shares his view of the most indespensible head coaches in the NFL. Any guesses as to the first coach on the list?
Have you updated your mock draft tracker? A few new mock drafts to digest after the combine. On NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah likes Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman to the Patriots at No. 29. On SI.com's "Audibles" blog, Chris Burke goes two rounds deep and slots Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy (29) and Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis (62) to New England. On CBSSports.com, the foursome of Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan target Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III, Minnesota's Hageman and Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (twice) for the Patriots. USAToday.com's Nate Davis also likes Hageman for the Patriots. The Patriots.com "mock draft tracker" has all the mocks in one place.
Following up on D'Qwell Jackson: When the Browns released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson earlier this week, some asked if the Patriots might be interested (especially with former Browns general manager Michael Lombardi now in New England). Jackson has multiple visits lined up, with reports indicating that Tennessee and Denver are the first two teams on the list. Jackson's former defensive coordinator in Cleveland, Ray Horton, is now with the Titans. Per reports, it doesn't look like the Patriots are on the front burner with Jackson.
Will strong draft class impact Edelman's market? CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan has an informative take on what teams do in the days after the NFL combine. Among his points are that it looks like it will be a buyer's market for teams seeking a free-agent receiver (because of the deep draft class). ESPN.com's John Clayton noted the same thing. It will be interesting to see how this potentially affects Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.