MOCK DRAFT SEASON HAS ARRIVED: The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-26 -- with rounds 1-2 on the 25th and rounds 3-7 on the 26th -- and the following three months are likely to be filled with mock drafts. SI.com's Don Banks offers up his first mock draft and his pick for the Patriots in the first round is Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith.
SAMMY MORRIS HEADED OVERSEAS: Next week, Patriots RB Sammy Morris will travel overseas to visit American soldiers on a 10-day tour to support the troops. The Super Sunday Tour will include visits to numerous bases throughout Iraq and Kuwait and will extend to include visits on Super Bowl Sunday. Sammy’s brother, Brien, is a staff sergeant in the Air Force.
TE BENJAMIN WATSON RAFFLES SUPER BOWL TICKETS: Patriots TE Benjamin Watson is raffling off two Super Bowl tickets to benefit his "One More" Foundation. The online raffle can be found here, with the deadline to enter Jan. 28.