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Finding the Value in Patriots Second-Round QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo will run from the Ohio Valley Conference to the AFC East, as the Patriots found value in small-school talent at pick 62. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

By the time other positions are addressed, it’s often too late to handle the most important one.

Head coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots acknowledged that on Friday night, selecting Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

To some, it was a great reach.

Alternatives in Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and outside linebacker Christian Kirksey were waiting, as was USC center Marcus Martin, Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, and Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III. Each had their merit as a top-tier available player; each had the potential to become a Patriot. But the Patriots’ draft board was assembled differently.

To them, it was a great find. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Tight Ends Escape Patriots’ Grasp in Round 2

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz is the top tight end remaining on Day 2. And as result, the Patriots are in an interesting spot. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots sit at pick 62 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, but second round-caliber tight ends do not sit with them.

After Day 1 saw North Carolina’s Eric Ebron join the Detroit Lions, Day 2 saw Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins land with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro land with the New York Jets, and Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas catch on with the Arizona Cardinals. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Patriots’ First-Round Options Remain at Pick 29

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Options are available at the end of Round 1. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may just be one of them. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The Jacksonville Jaguars jumped on Central Florida’s Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but only one other team has followed the quarterback trend through the midst of Round 1.

Organizations with reported interest in a signal-caller, including the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals, have decided to wait and make priority upgrades elsewhere.

That may just play into the New England Patriots’s favor at pick 29. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Three Things I Think I Know Heading Into Tonight’s Draft…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us.

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

I THINK…

The Patriots will select a wide out relatively high, and by relatively high I mean before round four. Belichick loves to maximize value, and after round one there will be plenty of value left over at receiver. Some 2nd-3rd round prospects that typically would have first round grades, will be sitting there for them to select at #62 and #93 overall. With the diverse array of receiving  talent left on the board, there’s many different directions they can go at pass catcher. Three names to remember are Jarvis Landry, Kevin Norwood and Marqise Lee.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Marc Sluis’ Final with a Look at Boom or Bust Prospects

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Troy Niklas has been compared to Rob Gronkowski but could he really join him in New England? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

It’s finally here! After doing this another year you start to realize just how much of a crap shoot the whole mock draft thing is. You also realize that the speculation, prediction, rumors and smoke screens are loads of fun.

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Ken Vetrano’s Final Week Mock Draft: First Round

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

2014 NFL Draft

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

The Following mock draft does not include trades, and the only picks made are those acquired or assigned to teams before hand. More information regarding prospects can be found in Mike Loyko’s Draft Guide or another favorite resource of mine Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 NFL prospects.

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2014 NFL Draft: Previewing Seven Rounds of Patriots Variables

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Teams are expected to find a favorable receiver market on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL draft, and Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman could be among the options. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There may have been time for another attempt at a New England Patriots 2014 mock draft before things kick off this Thursday at Radio City Music Hall, but how the board falls will inevitably dictate what can be addressed and when.

It is understood that head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots war room will add prospects – and potentially picks – over the course of the draft’s three days. Positions of need will be deepened, yet opportunities to attain value elsewhere will not be overlooked, either.

New England heads into the draft with picks 29, 62, 93, 130, 140, 198, 206 and 244 overall. And with those choices looming, here are seven rounds of thoughts to ponder. (more…)







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