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Post Draft Scouting Report: Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB/S

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
The Patriots love to draft versatile players, and while KGH is relatively unknown, he could be exactly what the team is looking for on defense, a chess piece.

The Patriots love to draft versatile players, and while KGH is relatively unknown, he could be exactly what the team is looking for on defense, a chess piece.

NEPD Stafff Writer: Mike Gerken

While many fans may not know much about the Patriots late Day 3 picks from this draft class, these were some of the more intriguing picks for me. While it may be tough to find a lot of tape on Kamu Grugier-Hill (KGH for short,) from what little I could find, I saw a player that is very intriguing. Here are my thoughts on what KGH could do for the Patriots and what his role might be for the team.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Malcolm Mitchell, WR

Friday, May 13th, 2016
By far, my favorite pick for the Patriots, I think Mitchell can come in and contribute immediately.

By far my favorite pick for the Patriots, I think Mitchell can come in and contribute immediately.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

When Day 2 of the draft ended, I was down on the draft. I was confused and angry with the direction the Patriots had decided to go with their first 4 picks. Day 3 of the draft in Chicago started out cold and rainy, which fit my attitude perfectly. As the Patriots first pick was about to be announced, the rain had let up and there was a small glimmer of sunshine. Maybe it was foreshadowing, but when the name Malcolm Mitchell was announced, a smile came over my face. Why you ask? Read on to find out.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Vincent Valentine, DT

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
If Valentine can consistently do what he did to this Iowa Hawkeye QB in the NFL, then he will have proven me wrong and be a good pick.

If Valentine can consistently do what he did to this Iowa Hawkeye QB in the NFL, then he will have proven me wrong and be a good pick.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

First, apologies to James Christensen, but I have to get my digs in on the Hawkeyes when I can. We finish up the Day 2 of the draft portion of the post draft series with a look at Vincent Valentine. This pick was the low point for me in the draft. I was still trying to pick my jaw up off the ground from the Brissett pick when I heard the selection. Sure, I got the position right, but certainly not the player. In the pre draft process, I was not a big fan of Valentine’s. Now that I have had a chance to watch more tape and do a more thorough investigation, my stance on this being a horrible pick has lessened, at least a little bit. Here are my full thoughts on Valentine.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Jacoby Brissett, QB

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
IS Brissett the new long term answer at QB for the Patriots?

Is Brissett the new long term answer at QB for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I apologize that I have not got to these post draft reports quicker. I have been dealing with an unexpected death in the family and just did not have the time or honestly, the desire to work on these for the past week or so. I am back, and this is a nice distraction, so lets get back to looking at the rest of the Patriots picks, starting with their 3rd pick in the draft and number 91 overall, Jacoby Brissett.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Joe Thuney, OL

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
While I like the player, I question the need. What exactly will be Joe Thuney's role on the Patriots?

While I like the player, I question the need. What exactly will be Joe Thuney’s role on the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think most of us agreed that the Patriots would make a trade down in this draft with one of their three picks on Day 2 that could be traded. When the Patriots got back on the clock, I was assuming they would target Offensive Tackle or Runningback. In the end, they Patriots did what they typically do, make a pick that leaves fans scratching their head. I went back and watched several NC State games, including a couple I had not watched yet and here is what I saw from Joe Thuney.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Cyrus Jones, CB

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
The Patriots took a player at arguably their biggest need with their first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Patriots took a player at arguably their biggest need with their first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The wounds have been licked, the pride is beginning to heal, and the shock has worn off from the picks the Patriots made over the weekend. Now that we know who the players are, it is time to see what they bring to the table and how they can help the team this year and beyond. I will start with the Patriots first pick of the draft, Cyrus Jones.

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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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