New England Patriots

Pats should keep No. 3 pick and use it wisely

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, feeling no regret at having skipped the NBA All-Star Game …

This is the two-month warning for the NFL Draft. As this is hunted-and-pecked, the Patriots still own the third pick in the first round. 

As the rumors continue churning, here’s hoping they keep the No. 3 pick and use it to help with the reclamation project.

If they had a handful of deficiencies to address, it might make sense to take the two first-round picks reportedly offered by the MInnesota Vikings. That would be No. 11 this year and, quite possibly, a lower pick in 2025.

The Pats’ need a potential game-changing pick as soon as possible. A can’t-miss quarterback would be preferable, and that tag loosens considerably as the pick gets further from the top. They also need offensive linemen, receivers, a tight end, and a pass rusher on defense. Another running back would be nice. And more holes could open as the free agent market heats up.

Keep the No. 3 … and don’t screw it up. …

Bill Belichick might be ready to turn the corner on his coaching career and look for employment in other areas, such as TV analyst. Steve Belichick says his dad would be great at it, citing a sense of humor that has rarely been seen by the public.

Honesty and a sense of humor would immediately carry him beyond nearly all the talking heads. … 

Jayson Tatum may have gotten a nudge from his pal, LeBron James, on how to answer questions about his chances of winning an MVP award.

Last week, Tatum recited his impressive statistical standing and mentioned the Celtics’ mission to win a championship at the end. After Thursday night’s game at Chicago, his more concise response didn’t stray from his role in winning a championship.

That’s a bit better. …

Of course, the growing fixation on statistics, at the expense of personal qualities like heart and hustle, makes fans’ complicit in players boasting about numbers. …

The asinine NBA numbers of the week: Eastern Conference 211, Western Conference 188.

Time to stick with the individual competitions and jettison the farce referred to as a game.