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My Top 100 NFL Draft Prospects Big Board

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Yesterday I dropped my Patriots Big board, but there are still guys I really like that didn’t make that list for a variety of reasons. Some guys are just going to go too early for the Patriots to take, some might not be perfect fits scheme wise, or they might be a player where need and draft position just did not line up well for the Patriots. The draft is such a crap shoot, but these were the guys that caught my attention and I feel should hear their name called early in the draft process.

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The Patriots Vertical and Horizontal Big Board

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Over the past several weeks, I have given you the players I think the Patriots should target at each position when the team is on the clock. Now, like the team will do,  I have put those names on both a vertical and horizontal board. This is done (for me anyways) to be able to see the names clearly and to get a feel for how I rank the prospects against each other. Remember, the Patriots typically go into the draft with somewhere between 75 and 100 names and I have built my board the same way. Here is how I rank the players I like for the Patriots in this year’s draft.

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Mock Draft Monday: The Final Mock!

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

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Scouting Report: Isaiah Wynn, OG/OT

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Background 

  • From Florida
  • Was named one of Tampa Bay’s Top High School Athlete.
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • 1 of 4 players named as a permanent team captain.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Corners and Safeties

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we did it. We made it to the last group for the big board series. I hope you have enjoyed reading these as much as I have enjoyed watching the film and preparing these for you. As I have stated in year’s past, Safety is not my favorite group to scout. When you do not have all 22 tape on these guys, it can be a real challenge to see everything you want out of these prospects. Add that to the fact that it is hard to know what the Patriots look for in Safeties. Clearly it is not all about physical and athletic traits and more about mental processing, because that is the only explanation for some of the picks the team has made at the position. I would argue, those picks have not worked out and hopefully the next time they do take a Safety, there process will have changed a bit. As for Corner, it’s another position where what I like and what the team looks for may be to different things. Anyways, these are the guys I like at both positions and in theory would be good fits for the Patriots.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Off Ball Linebackers

Friday, April 20th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Linebacker might be the one position fans agree on as being a position of need for the Patriots. After Hightower got hurt last year, the unit was….well, not very good. The team tried a lot of different combinations and in the end, they just didn’t have the talent on the roster to be able to do all the things the team wanted to do and require from the position. I have to imagine that the team will look to add someone at the position early in the draft and there are some guys who fit what the Patriots like to do at Linebacker.

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Scouting Report: Connor Williams, OT/OG

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

 

 

Background

  • Very productive from Day 1, starting as a freshman.
  • Only 20 years old. 5-12-97
  • From Texas
  • Brother played for Stephen F Austin & Akron.

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