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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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Building The Big Board: Linebackers/Edge Players

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Would the Patriots consider taking an undersized LB early in the draft?

Would the Patriots consider taking an undersized LB early in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We are getting down to crunch time here. Luckily for me, and maybe you, the Big Board series is getting close to the end. In today’s article, I will be covering both Inside and Outside Linebackers as well as a few Edge rush specialists. I have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of prospects to go over, so let’s not waste any time and get into the prospects.

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Building The Big Board: Defensive End

Monday, April 18th, 2016
With the recent moves the Patriots have made, we could be seeing a shift in scheme, so who are the players that might fit what the Patriots are looking for?

With the recent moves the Patriots have made, we could be seeing a shift in scheme, so who are the players that might fit what the Patriots are looking for?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Yikes! We are not less than two weeks away from the NFL Draft. There is so much to get done in such a little amount of time. The Patriots continue to make moves, making my life much more difficult. Typically, as we get closer to the draft, we can start to get an idea of the positions we think the team will target. This year however, I find myself more confused than ever. The team has made some interesting cuts and rumors are flying that the team might be looking to shift back to a 3-4 base defense. If that is the case, a position like Defensive End will have a different type of prospect to target than if the team decides to stick with the 4-3 they have played in recent years. Who the Patriots draft at both Defensive End and Defensive Tackle should give us a peak behind the curtain as to what the team wants to do defensively this year. So let’s take a look at some of the prospects the Patriots might target at Defensive End.

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