NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
The draft has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the scouting stops. Over the next several days, I will be doing post draft reports on all the newest Patriots players. Today, I chose Matthew Wells. I chose him because he was the one player I knew nothing about. Here I had done all this research on all these players, and this is a guy that never even made a blip on my radar. I don’t feel too bad though, even the most hardcore draftniks had little to no information on the newest Patriot. If you looked at my Big Board and mock just before the draft, you will have seen that I was a proponent of drafting Shaq Thompson in the 1st round of last Thursdays draft. He was not my highest rated player, but I assumed (correctly) that there would be a run on Corners as well as a few players from other positions. In my analysis, I thought Belichick and his staff would have fun with Thompson’s versatility. It turned out the Panthers thought the same thing and took him before the Patriots would have a chance to draft him. Little did I, or anyone, really know that there was another player with a similar skill set that could be had 5 rounds later. I am not saying Wells is Thompson, but there is no denying the similarities in their games. I did some investigating and watched a bunch of Mississippi St. games and here is what I came up with on Wells.