Post Draft Scouting Report: The UDFA’s

May 9th, 2017

The Patriots brought in some intriguing UDFA’s, but do any of them have a real shot at making the team?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

It is time to put a bow on the 2017 NFL draft and what better way to do so than to talk a little bit about some of the undrafted players the Patriots brought in after the draft was over. With the Patriots only having 4 actual draft picks, they could afford to bring in a bigger class of undrafted guys. They also could afford to pay a few of them a higher bonus than you normally see an undrafted player get. While this does not really change these players chances of making the team, it does show that the Patriots wanted to make sure they got these guys into their camps. I for one, am excited about this group and think a few of these guys have a legitimate chance to make the roster, while a handful of others will make the practice squad or make another teams 53. Here are the guys from the long list of UDFA’s that I am excited to watch this fall.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Conor McDermott

May 5th, 2017

Although he is a project, McDermott does possess intriguing traits that, if developed, could make him a quality player for the Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With their final pick in the draft, the Patriots took another shot at the Offensive Tackle position. McDermott is an interesting player who early in the draft process was considered a potential 1st round pick by many of the big names in the draft media. The season got off to a tough start when McDermott struggled against the eventual #1 draft pick, Myles Garrett. After that game, McDermott kind of became a forgotten man. So, did the Patriots get a steal?

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Deatrich Wise Jr, DE

May 4th, 2017

The Patriots double dipped along the defensive line position, but the two players are very different.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am sure many of you have already done some research on all the Patriots draft picks, but since you came here, why not find out a little more. When I saw Wise’s measurables from the Combine, I had a sneaking suspicion that he would be a potential target for the Patriots. These days, the Patriots line up primarily in a nickel sub package, so they need versatile players along the defensive line that can do multiple things and play multiple positions. With their first pick, the Patriots took an Defensive End that excels at getting after the QB and can drop into coverage. With their third pick, they took another Defensive End, but his skill set is very different.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Antonio Garcia, OT

May 2nd, 2017

While Garcia may need some time to develop, he has all the traits the Patriots look for in their Tackles.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think if you did a poll prior to the draft on what the Patriots biggest needs were, the two most popular answers would have been a pass rusher and an Offensive Tackle. Well, with their first two picks, the Patriots addressed both. In what was considered a weak class overall at the Offensive Tackle position, I never would have dreamt that Garcia would still be on the board for the Patriots to take. I think the team felt the same way and that is why they made the trade up to get him. Lets take a deeper dive into what Garcia brings to the table.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Derek Rivers, Edge

May 1st, 2017

With their first pick in the NFL Draft, the Patriots addressed their biggest need with a small school guy.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, another NFL draft has come and gone. All that time watching tape and writing reports all comes down to four players. Was it worth it? Absolutely!!! I love the process and this year it seemed to pay off from a personal standpoint. I correctly identified all 4 drafted players as well as 7 of the undrafted players in my Big Board series (all are still available to go back and read if interested). Not only am I really excited for the players they drafted, but a couple of the undrafted guys really excite me and I think have a legitimate shot to make the team. After last year’s draft, where I clearly was not on the same page as the team, this year gave me a boost of confidence in my assessment of the Patriots needs and players they might be interested in. Over the next few weeks, I will be doing an in depth review of the drafted players as well as a few of the undrafted guys that intrigue me. First up, we look at the Patriots first pick, Derek Rivers.

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2017 Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

April 29th, 2017

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko 

The Patriots began Thursday’s draft with just 65 players on their current roster and 6 draft picks. NFL off-season rules allow teams to roster up to 90 players in order to facilitate mini-camps, training camps, and off-season programs, this means the Patriots are projected to sign a large and deep UDFA class immediately after the draft. At least 1-2 undrafted players make New England’s roster each year and contribute immediately, making this process another very important roster building tool. Stay tuned to this post to track of all the Patriots signings and breakdowns of those players who will be joining them.
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2017 NFL Draft Live Chat, Rounds 4-7

April 29th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, the Patriots made a couple of picks last night and I would think most fans are happy going into Day 3. I will go in depth on all the picks after the draft, but both players were in my big board series, so you can get some quick notes on them now if you like. There is a lot of talent still on the board and the Patriots can still get some players who can make this team and have an impact this season. With the draft picks that will be made today as well as the UDFA guys that will be added later, this is the day good teams can become great. I love the idea of teams unearthing hidden talent and getting those Day 3 gems. The Patriots have found success in the later rounds and I think today will be no different. Good luck to all the draftees today and lets hope the Patriots can keep up the positive momentum from last night.

 


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