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Quick Thoughts On The Patriots Draft

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

 

 

The draft has come and gone, so what did we learn and what still needs to be answered?

The draft has come and gone, so what did we learn and what still needs to be answered?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

And just like that, the 2016 NFL Draft is over. We all spent so much time watching players, analyzing the current roster and trying to figure team needs so we could be prepared for three of the craziest days where no actual football is played. And for what? Well, for me, it was a slap of reality right to my face because no matter how much I try and study these players and this process, I have no clue what the Patriots are looking for or what they will do when they are on the clock. It was a little bit of a different experience for me this year as I was lucky enough to be in Chicago and experience the Draft live for the first time. My friends and I had a lot of fun and it is an experience anyone who loves the draft should experience, but with limited access to the internet (stupid Iphone 4 decided to stop charging) I have been itching to get back in front of my computer, recheck my notes and see what I missed and how I was so off on this draft class. I have notes on all the drafted and a few of the UDFA’s and will be doing individual post draft scouting reports on them, but for now, here are some general thoughts on the Patriots draft class and the draft in general.

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2016 Patriots Undrafted Free Agents

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

After the UDFA frenzy dies down a bit, we’ll have a breakdown of the Patriots pickups here. For now, check out the full list of 2016 Undrafted Free Agents.


My Patriots 7-Round Mock Draft

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, all that can be done, has been done. I am not sure my eyes can take staring at a computer or a TV screen any longer. I know my wife is done with this process too. I refuse to erase an entire DVR’s worth of games because I want to go back and watch the players that the Patriots pick to see how they will fit into the scheme. This may be my last transmission until after the draft as I will be there live and in person for the 3 day event. I will report back as soon as I get home, but I wanted to wish you all a happy draft weekend and I look forward to reading your thoughts on the newest Patriots. For now, I leave you with my idea of what would be a good draft for the Patriots with my 7-round mock. Enjoy!!!

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Mike Loyko’s Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
When does Jalen Ramsey come off the board?

When does Jalen Ramsey come off the board?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After an arduous four month process and countless hours of speculation the NFL Draft is finally upon us. Patriots fans have been a little distracted and dejected by the fact their first round pick has been stripped and they now must sit out the first night of the draft. Despite that there is plenty to be excited about with this draft class. It’s a deeper crop than the last few years and the defensive line class is absolutely loaded. A team like the Patriots that is stocked with 11 selections will find plenty of talent throughout rounds 2-7. Here’s how I project the first round to unfold on Thursday Night.

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Final Rankings: Top 150 Players In The 2016 NFL Draft

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Two more days! That is it until all this hard work either makes me look like a genius or a fool. Despite Deflategate being rehashed this week, I am still excited for the draft and cannot wait to see who goes where and what kind of surprises we are in store for. I have watched more prospects this year than I ever have before and have my favorites ranging from elite prospects all the way to some undrafted guys who might surprise everyone and make their respective teams. Today, I give you my rankings of the top 150 players that I watched throughout this draft process.

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My Patriots Horizontal And Vertical Big Board Plus Deflategate Thoughts

Monday, April 25th, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

This week is supposed to be fun. Every team and every fan of those teams is getting amped up for the NFL Draft and what new players are going to make their teams better. For Patriots fans, Thursday might as well just be another day because the Patriots are missing one of the most precious pieces of capital an NFL team has, their first round pick. Today, Patriot’s fans took another punch to the stomach when the courts happened to make their ruling on the NFL’s appeal of Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension for possibly knowing about footballs that may have been tampered with. Sadly, the courts got it right.

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Building The Draft Board: Cornerbacks and Safeties

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Corner may be the Patriots biggest need, but will there be any talent left at the position by the time the Patriots pick?

Corner may be the Patriots biggest need, but will there be any talent left at the position by the time the Patriots pick?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We did it! We made it to the final installment of the Big Board series. I have put too many hours to count into this exercise, but it has been a labor of love. For you loyal readers, I hope that you have enjoyed these articles. They are meant to be fun and informative and hopefully after reading them you can go into the draft next week with a little more knowledge about these prospects than you did before. The final two positions to look at are interesting from a Patriots perspective. One I feel is maybe the Patriots biggest need and the other is a position that the Patriots have made some, shall we say, interesting selections at in recent years. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the Patriots draft both Corner and Safety high again this year. While drafting Corner would likely make most fans happy, another Safety could send some fans over the edge. Either way, we need to look at who the Patriots might target and who are good fits. Corner was by far the toughest position for me to narrow down and the list is still probably longer than it should be. Here is the final big board section for the 2016 draft.

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