The Patriots have been a model of consistency during the Belichick regime, despite more misses than hits in the NFL Draft. And although New England has swung and missed quite a bit in the early rounds, when the Patriots hit, they've hit home runs
Since inheriting a 5-11 club in 2010, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have completely overhauled the roster, making roughly 900 roster transactions. Sure, the trade for Marshawn Lynch and free agent signing of Michael Bennett were big. The lifeblood of these Seahawks, however, is through the annual NFL draft.
If the Buccaneers decide that Jameis Winston's off-field issues are a result of immature decisions that will develop over time, Tampa should draft him No. 1 overall and keep him in the state of Florida.
Jameis Winston may come up with plenty of off-field concerns but in a division boasting the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, Tampa Bay doesn't have much choice but to gamble on the best quarterback in the draft.
A sprained AC joint suffered in the national championship game loss to Ohio State could keep the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from throwing at the combine. That could put the pressure on Mariota to excel during his pro day in March, while giving NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated passer, Jameis Winston, an opportunity to build momentum as the draft approaches.
Scouts value Senior Bowl practices more than the contest itself, but don't fool yourself -- talent evaluators want to see players perform well in the game too. Here are 10 who have scouts talking ... for better or worse.