Patriots draft chatter picks up

A quick note on what is ahead today for ESPNBoston.com's Patriots coverage.

1. Fourth-annual mock draft. Our fourth-annual mock draft kicks off at 11 a.m. ET. It includes me and three of our regular commenters -- "Mr. Scratch", "PatsFanTRichter", and "Clark12to81" -- and ties in to the mission statement we relayed when this blog (and website) was created in September of 2009: Football first, vibrant community, enhancing the experience for Patriots followers. The way it works is that each person is assigned a selection (draft order here) and they will make that selection in the comments section of a blog entry that will publish at 11 a.m. ET. The selections made in the comments section will be brought into the main blog area, so if you're following along, you can refresh the page often today (2012 mock draft as an example). Readers are invited to share their opinion in the comments section as the process unfolds. The possibility of a second-round mock draft on Tuesday is being discussed.

2. Nick Caserio news conference. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio is scheduled to hold a pre-draft news conference at 12 p.m. ET. These can be informative from a general perspective on the draft (teams obviously aren't going to go into depth on specific prospects or who they might draft). I've listened to most of the news conferences that have taken place around the NFL to this point and have learned a lot. For example, Bears personnel chief Phil Emery on this draft: "There are strong positions in this draft; I would say those positions are corner, safety, there are a number of starters at those two positions, [and] the defensive line and the offensive line. I would say the tight ends and wide receivers are above average. I would say the running backs and quarterbacks are average.”

3. Videos to come. You'll also notice some videos that will be posted from the ESPNBoston.com Patriots SportsCenter special that took place on April 6 at Gillette Stadium. The event was for season ticket holders and included ESPN's Trey Wingo, Tedy Bruschi and Trevor Matich.