Just a guess here, but an educated one (if you ask me).
The Patriots now have a lot of picks tonight and early on Saturday after their late first-round trade with the Vikings.
Bill Belichick values smart, tough, versatile players. He believes he can never have enough pass rushers.
Belichick and Urban Meyer are close friends. Belichick has drafted Meyer players in the past — several times over.
Belichick had a lot of success with a guy named Mike Vrabel, who now coaches under Meyer and last season coached John Simon. Meyer loved Simon so much last season that he said if he had another son, he’d name him John Simon.
He was half-joking. It was almost as good as the game earlier in the season when Meyer said “John Simon, that’s a grown-ass man. Excuse my language. That’s a guy.”
It would be a half-surprise if the Patriots didn’t take that guy some time tonight or Saturday. Simon had some injury issues last season and early in the draft process, but if he’s healthy he fits the bill and “the Patriot Way.”
Enjoy Foxborough, John.