Post Draft Scouting Report: Ted Karras, OG

May 25th, 2016
With the interior of the Offensive Line already crowded, what will Ted Karras need to do to make this team?

With the interior of the Offensive Line already crowded, what will Ted Karras need to do to make this team?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With their penultimate pick in the draft the Patriots took yet another Guard to add to an already crowded interior Offensive Line group. With so many players at Guard already on the roster, including another rookie drafted 3 rounds earlier, it is hard to imagine Ted Karras making the Patriots final 53 man roster. So what was it about Karras that made the Patriots think they needed to draft him over players at other positions?

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Elandon Roberts, LB

May 24th, 2016
Roberts may not be the most athletic Linebacker, but he makes up for it in other ways.

Roberts may not be the most athletic Linebacker, but he makes up for it in other ways.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry for the delay on these last three reports, the darn real job has been taking up all my time. With their first compensatory pick in round 6, the Patriots took an athletic player with lots of upside and intrigue but no real position. With their second compensatory pick, they potentially went with the same position, but completely different players. Let’s take a look at what Elandon Roberts brings to the table.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB/S

May 18th, 2016
The Patriots love to draft versatile players, and while KGH is relatively unknown, he could be exactly what the team is looking for on defense, a chess piece.

The Patriots love to draft versatile players, and while KGH is relatively unknown, he could be exactly what the team is looking for on defense, a chess piece.

NEPD Stafff Writer: Mike Gerken

While many fans may not know much about the Patriots late Day 3 picks from this draft class, these were some of the more intriguing picks for me. While it may be tough to find a lot of tape on Kamu Grugier-Hill (KGH for short,) from what little I could find, I saw a player that is very intriguing. Here are my thoughts on what KGH could do for the Patriots and what his role might be for the team.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Malcolm Mitchell, WR

May 13th, 2016
By far, my favorite pick for the Patriots, I think Mitchell can come in and contribute immediately.

By far my favorite pick for the Patriots, I think Mitchell can come in and contribute immediately.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

When Day 2 of the draft ended, I was down on the draft. I was confused and angry with the direction the Patriots had decided to go with their first 4 picks. Day 3 of the draft in Chicago started out cold and rainy, which fit my attitude perfectly. As the Patriots first pick was about to be announced, the rain had let up and there was a small glimmer of sunshine. Maybe it was foreshadowing, but when the name Malcolm Mitchell was announced, a smile came over my face. Why you ask? Read on to find out.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Vincent Valentine, DT

May 12th, 2016
If Valentine can consistently do what he did to this Iowa Hawkeye QB in the NFL, then he will have proven me wrong and be a good pick.

If Valentine can consistently do what he did to this Iowa Hawkeye QB in the NFL, then he will have proven me wrong and be a good pick.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

First, apologies to James Christensen, but I have to get my digs in on the Hawkeyes when I can. We finish up the Day 2 of the draft portion of the post draft series with a look at Vincent Valentine. This pick was the low point for me in the draft. I was still trying to pick my jaw up off the ground from the Brissett pick when I heard the selection. Sure, I got the position right, but certainly not the player. In the pre draft process, I was not a big fan of Valentine’s. Now that I have had a chance to watch more tape and do a more thorough investigation, my stance on this being a horrible pick has lessened, at least a little bit. Here are my full thoughts on Valentine.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Jacoby Brissett, QB

May 10th, 2016
IS Brissett the new long term answer at QB for the Patriots?

Is Brissett the new long term answer at QB for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I apologize that I have not got to these post draft reports quicker. I have been dealing with an unexpected death in the family and just did not have the time or honestly, the desire to work on these for the past week or so. I am back, and this is a nice distraction, so lets get back to looking at the rest of the Patriots picks, starting with their 3rd pick in the draft and number 91 overall, Jacoby Brissett.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Joe Thuney, OL

May 5th, 2016
While I like the player, I question the need. What exactly will be Joe Thuney's role on the Patriots?

While I like the player, I question the need. What exactly will be Joe Thuney’s role on the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think most of us agreed that the Patriots would make a trade down in this draft with one of their three picks on Day 2 that could be traded. When the Patriots got back on the clock, I was assuming they would target Offensive Tackle or Runningback. In the end, they Patriots did what they typically do, make a pick that leaves fans scratching their head. I went back and watched several NC State games, including a couple I had not watched yet and here is what I saw from Joe Thuney.

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