It seems as though whether a person thinks the Patriots' punishment was severe enough depends on what context it is put in. To be quite honest, when I heard that the punishment included the Patriots losing their own first round pick, it was harsher than I thought the league would impose, simply because they are the Patriots. Regardless of anything else, the loss of that pick not only hurts them today, it could have a lingering effect on the "playing lifetime" of the hypothetical player that the Patriots could have chosen with that pick. It also limits their ability to move up or down based on need, compared to what they could have had if they had not lost the pick. So, in that sense, it is a very substantial penalty. On the other hand, I think it appears inadequate when compared to the crushing blow that Wade Wilson received from the commissioner. I think that Little Bill should have caught a suspension for at least 6 games because in my mind the punishment should have been more severe than the one imposed on Wilson.