What? You were expecting Bill Belichick to do something sexy and unexpected last night?
The Patriots used the 17th pick in the first round last night to select massive Colorado tackle Nate Solder. By all accounts he’s a “Patriots type” of guy – smart, versatile, athletic, and of good character. The Patriots then traded their second first round pick to New Orleans for a first rounder next season and a second rounder today (#56 overall).
The moves didn’t quite generate the outrage and headscratching among fans and media that we saw last year, when the Patriots traded down twice and then drafted Devin McCourty, but there still seems to be a bit of disappointment out there. Let’s see how the rest of the draft goes, OK?
Sold on Solder - Shalise Manza Young with a look at the newest Patriot, and for those wondering why the Patriots didn’t select Anthony Castonzo of Boston College instead, Young notes “it’s interesting to note that Scarnecchia ran the position drills at BC’s pro day, so he got an up-close look at Castonzo.” More on Solder from: Mike Reiss | Ian R. Rapoport | Jim Donaldson | Christopher Price | Tom E. Curran | Tim Whelan Jr. | Jeff Howe | Mark Farinella | Jennifer Toland | Hector Longo | Nick Underhill | Glen Farley (Did I get everybody?)
Every second counts - Greg A Bedard says that today is when the Patriots need to make their hay on defense.
Day 2 picks are key to Patriots’ draft - Mike Reiss agrees that these picks tonight are crucial.
Bill Belichick Passionately Defends Drafting Philosophy, Sticking to What He Believes In - Jeff Howe notes that the Patriots head coach is used to hearing negative feedback about his draft-day performances.
League tells teams to open doors - Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the NFL opening for business at 8:00 am this morning. The Globe Patriots notebook has more on this, and a look at the trade with the Saints.
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat series preview: In-depth statistical breakdown - Tom King with a detailed look at the upcoming series.
Legacies on the line: Paul Pierce and LeBron James - Paul Flannery looks at what is on the line for both teams.
Green’s turn has come - Amalie Benjamin has the young forward feeling more at ease and ready to contribute.
Smooth C’s lie ahead - Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics can beat the Heat if they stick to their plan. Scott Souza says that planning and execution are key for the Celtics, as opposed to the Heat, who can win on talent.
Adrian Gonzalez: Home runs will come - Gordon Edes talks to the Red Sox first baseman about his home run draught thus far this season.
Reddick is unfazed by crowded outfield - Michael Vega’s minor league notebook has the Pawtucket outfielder staying positive.
Bruins vs. Flyers matchups: Who has the edge? - DJ Bean previews the next round.
Series has redeeming quality - Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins looking for payback.
Edwards passion is undeniable - Chad Finn’s media column has the Bruins voice defending his on-air style.
Boston Bruins Madness Hits Boston - My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the TV schedule for the next rounds for the Bruins and Celtics.