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NFL columnist on why Roger Goodell should give back Patriots draft picks

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Should Goodell give the Pats back their draft picks? (2:03)

Michael Smith and Jemele Hill react to Sports Illustrated's Peter King saying that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should give back the Patriots' draft picks he took as a result of the Deflategate scandal. (2:03)

Peter King, one of the more influential NFL columnists in the country, leads off his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on TheMMQB.com with a focus on the New England Patriots. The headline of the piece reads, "Why NFL Should Give Back Picks to Pats (But Won't)."

As King notes, "the story will be back in the news next week, when the NFL’s appeal of the smackdown of the Brady suspension will be heard in a New York courtroom." He then opines, "Based on the weight of the evidence from the past 13 months, and that weight being circumstantial and not convincing, there’s one conclusion I’ve reached entering the 2016 draft season: Roger Goodell needs to give back the picks."

King then details why he's come to that conclusion.

"The NFL has some significant circumstantial evidence in the case, the kind that should have prompted a strongly worded letter and $250,000 fine," he writes. "Instead, Goodell killed an ant with a sledgehammer."

King is critical of the NFL's spot checks that tested PSI levels of footballs in 2015.

He highlights three areas in his opinion piece:

1. Referee Walt Anderson skates, and never should have.

2. The Ideal Gas Law was abused in the Wells Report.

3. Did Tom Brady gain an advantage this year, presumably when the footballs every week exited the officials locker room in Foxboro at 12.5 psi?