The 2017 All Binkie Team

April 25th, 2017

Hunt would be definitely be on the Mount Rushmore of Binkies for me.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For some of you who are unfamiliar with the word “Binkie,” it is a term used for those players that you fall in love with during the scouting process. There is just something about them that gets you excited every time you watch them. These players don’t necessarily have to be first round picks, in fact, for me, most are not. For me, they are players I typically am much higher on than most other draft prognosticators. They represent great value in my opinion or seem to be a perfect fit in the Patriots system. So today, I thought it would be fun to pick one guy at each position and create the all “binkie” team.

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Building The Patriots Big Board: Cornerbacks and Safeties

April 24th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we did it. We have made it to the final post in the Big Board Series. It has been a long, exhausting road and I for one am ready for the actual draft so I can see all this time and effort I put into this was a huge waste of time. We are still in a wait and see pattern when it comes to what is going to happen with Malcolm Butler, so the waters are sort of muddied in terms of need at the Cornerback position.

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Building The Patriots Big Board: Off Ball Linebackers and Edge Players

April 20th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With just nine days until the draft, we have reached the penultimate group in the Big Board Series. This one will cover one of the Patriots biggest needs in the draft, the pass rushers. As I have stated before, the Patriots tend to stay away from the one trick pony guys. They would rather sacrifice some production from a pass rushing standpoint to get a guy who is a little more versatile. This group will contain Linebackers and Defensive Ends from college and probably will be asked to play both as a member of the Patriots. The other group will be the off ball Linebackers. With the Patriots trading Jaimie Collins during the season, they team could use another athletic playmaker to pair up with Dont’a Hightower. They do have some guys who filled that role admirably last season, so it is not a pressing need, but one the Patriots could look towards the future and add a guy.

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2017 Patriots Mock Draft: Where Things Stand

April 19th, 2017

The futures of Malcolm Butler and Mike Gillislee loom large over the Patriots draft plans.


NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Unless something changes between now and next Thursday, Patriots fans will wait deep into Friday Night before the team makes it’s first selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Unlike last year where the NFL decided the penalty for “lower than normal” air pressure in the football was a first round pick, the organization enters this year’s draft without their top selections because they’ve already cashed in those “assets”. By being aggressive in the roster building process during the fall and free agency period, the Patriots enter draft day with very few obvious holes on their 2017 depth chart.
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Building The Patriots Big Board: Defensive Line

April 17th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With the offensive side of the ball taken care of, it is time to turn our attention to the defense. Today, I will focus on the Defensive Line. Like the Offensive Line, I will break this group up into 2 different categories. I thought about grouping the edge players in this group as well, but the Patriots look for guys who can do a little more than just rush the passer, so that group will be included with the Linebackers. Overall, this group leaves a little to be desired, but there are some intriguing players that fit in well with what the Patriots like to do.

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Building The Patriots Big Board: Offensive Line

April 12th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Before I get started, I wanted to send out a special thanks to Ian Logue over at patsfans.com for helping me get the website up and running. Without his help, I am not sure I could have ever gotten the site working again.

To wrap up the offensive side of the ball in this series, I will take a look at the prospects along the offensive line. The Patriots have put a lot of resources into the interior of the line over the past couple of drafts, but the jury is still out on some of those younger players. I think most fans of the Patriots who follow the draft thought the Patriots would look to add a Tackle in last year’s draft, instead using two additional picks on Guards. Once again, I think this year the team should focus on bringing in a Tackle, but this class is not very strong at the position, so finding the right guy could be tricky. The Patriots have always been able to think outside the box when it comes to their offensive line and I think there are some opportunities to get some talent if they do just that in this years draft.

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Building The Patriots Draft Board: Tight End

April 10th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We come to the final offensive skill position of the series, the Tight Ends. It has been several years since there has been this much talent at the position and teams will be able to get guys who can contribute well beyond the first round. After the Patriots aquired Dwayne Allen, it has been all quiet on the Tight End front. In the past however, we have seen the Patriots use multiple picks on the position, and with this much talent, it may be hard to pass up on getting a young player to groom for the future.

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