My Final Patriots Big board

April 27th, 2015
I have finalized my Big Board. Who are the players I feel can help the Patriots in the short and long term?

I have finalized my Big Board. Who are the players I feel can help the Patriots in the short and long term?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you have been on this site over the past few weeks, you have at least seen my Big Board series I have been working on.  If you have not read them, shame on you and go do so now.  If you have, you know I have compiled my list of prospects that I have scouted and who I feel would be good fits for the Patriots and who can help this team stay on top.  Today, I have compiled all those names in both a horizontal and vertical big board.  This setup should be very similar to what the Patriots and every other NFL team uses on draft day. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Offensive Guards and Centers

April 26th, 2015
The Patriots could use an immediate contributor along the interior of the offensive line.

The Patriots could use an immediate contributor along the interior of the offensive line.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we made it.  This marks the final chapter of the Big Board series.  After this, I will be putting together my vertical big board with all these players ranked so you can get an idea of how I personally stack all these players from different positions against each other.  This has been a fun project for me and hopefully you have learned a little about some of these guys.  I plan on doing a 1st round mock and a full 7 round mock for the Patriots before Thursday as well, so you are not quite rid of me yet.  In this article, we focus on the interior offensive lineman.  Guard will be the main focus as the Patriots have a clear opening there that could be filled early in the draft.

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Putting together the Big Board: Offensive Tackles

April 25th, 2015
Don't be shocked if the Patriots take a tackle in the upcoming draft.

Don’t be shocked if the Patriots take a tackle in the upcoming draft.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Tackle position is tough to project when it comes to the Patriots.  In fact, the whole offensive line has become a bit of enigma.  At tackle, the Patriots have had success with tall, lean, and athletic guys like Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.  Scar is gone and Gooch is in as offensive line coach, and we saw the Patriots draft a little different type of player.  So, will they continue to look at what has proven to work, or are they looking at a change in philosophy? Here are some guys that might fit both styles and stuck out to me.

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Putting together the Big Board : Defensive End

April 24th, 2015
The Patriots have two very good DE's, but they have played a lot of snaps in recent years and could use a guy who can come in and contribute.

The Patriots have two very good DE’s, but they have played a lot of snaps in recent years and could use a guy who can come in and contribute.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, my plan of having my big board series completed by Friday went up in smoke when my beloved 1997 pickup truck decided to break down and leave me stranded.  The good news is, she is back up and running, the bad news, I have fallen behind by a couple of days. Getting back to it, today I focus in on the defensive ends in this draft and there are some intriguing guys at the position.  Let’s take a look at who jumped off the tape for me.

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Eyes on the Competition : Denver Broncos

April 22nd, 2015

 

In what is likely Peyton Manning's final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

In what is likely Peyton Manning’s final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The sigh of relief from John Elway’s office once Peyton Manning announced he’ll make another go of it can be heard from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the East Coast.

Elway has done a nice job of building a formidable team behind Manning to compete for championships, but that would have all been for not after three Ring-less seasons and an abysmal showing in the divisional round vs Manning’s old stomping grounds Indianapolis.

The Broncos have been active players in the Free Agency market over the last few years, and have built a championship caliber team around Manning.  To understand their offseason this year and beyond, you must understand their 2014 offseason. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Edge Players

April 22nd, 2015
A team can never have too many pass rushers, but what guys are a good fit for the Patriots?

A team can never have too many pass rushers, but what guys are a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Hang in there, we are almost there. We are just over a week away from the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.  Sadly, it feels like time is standing still and we may never actually get to the draft at all. On the bright side, it gives me a chance to hit all of you over the head with more prospects and information than you ever could have hoped for. Today, we look at the edge players. These are the guys who primarily rush the QB, but we all know that in the Patriots system, you better be able to do more than that.  Some of these guys will translate to 4-3 defensive ends while others may be better suited as 3-4 outside linebackers.  Either way, their primary job in the NFL will be to get after the quarterback.  Here is my list of guys who I like for this role. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Off the ball Linebackers

April 21st, 2015
With injuries to two key players, the Patriots could look for a Linebacker early in the draft.

With injuries to two key players, the Patriots could look for a Linebacker early in the draft.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back again with another installment of my Big Board series. I hope you have enjoyed the previous posts and feel like these are informative.  For this post, I will be focusing on those guys who are off the ball linebackers. Let’s take a look at who I feel fit the Patriots.

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