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Patriots Draft – Day One/Grade A

Friday, April 27th, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

There might not be a happier QB in the NFL right now than Tom Brady. Not only did the Patriots not take a QB round. Much to the fans joy they took players that will directly help Brady staying on the field longer. They might not have the needs you thought we should go but they are blue chip players being added to a SB, win now team. This offense is absolutely loaded. We helped the OL ny adding the most versatile player in the draft & now have one of the best RB groups in the league by far. These were very calculated picks that know each other very well. Wynn has been wiping out fools & throwing suckas out da club for Sony who would make anyone miss that was left before gashing the defense.

I hope people understand that Michel is a beast that absolutely will have a Kamara-type impact. He’s a bull in the run game, huge match problem in the rec game, very elusive & has very good speed. He can score from almost anywhere on the field. Very decisive & tough, perfect back for Bill in those areas. Sony is a very confident man that has come back from injury ( ACL in h.s & ankle injuries) and excelled at UG. One of the most under rated aspects to his game is his awareness. Whether its in pass pro and stepping up at the right time or in the field looking waiting for a rec, understanding whats around him. He’ll change up his tempo to adjust to his blockers & switch gaps to explode from depending on what the LB is doing. Very smart player

Isaiah Wynn was one of the best the OL’m in the country last year. He displayed his talents in numerous ways each week against some of the best competition out there. I remember watching Forrest Lamp destroy ‘Bama defenders one by one . Allen, Williams, it didn’t matter. He just handled all of them & so did 77. They threw the kitchen sink & the old toilet in the backyard at Wynn & he didn’t flinch. He fires out of his stance like a throwback OL’m. Rolling his hips & generating power from his lower half, through his upper & into a poor defender. Wynn also has some of the quickest feet out there, he’s always in position. Whether its him beating a defender to the edge with his kick slide or getting to flat to set up a screen. Wynn also has +mental processing. Whether its the blitz and pealing off his main defender to chip on an extra rusher. Executing and dropping proper deuce block, handling his first man before heading to the backer he just performs at a high level. His vision is great, he sees the big picture but can handle on the fly adjustments.

 

These were two great picks from the Patriots. I know some wanted defense early & often but you can’t argue these picks. Wynn was a top 8 overall player on my board & Sony is perfect for our offense.  I can’t imagine what D.C. are thinking when we go 21 this fall. As for the defense we still have 3 picks left in the top 100 & have quietly made some very nice signings to bolster the DL in Shelton & secondary with Jason McCourty. There are plenty of Rush prospects available in Landry, Sweat, Ejiofor, Hubbard, Turay & others. Plenty LB’s that can play in space like Warner, Cichy, Moore, Scales & others. We still have plenty of Patriot-type Players at DB. Lets not forget Reid, Oliver, Bates, Meeks & again many others.

We landed 2 blue chip prospects, still have all our picks & the board is loaded with talent. I really would like to see 2 of the following selected. Sweat, Ejiofor, Hubbard, Oliver, Meeks, Jackson, Reid or Bates with our next 2-3 picks if we hold onto to them.


Draft Conversation Thread: Rounds 4-7

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Please use this thread to comment on all things draft related to Day 3 or the picks the Patriots made on Day 2. I imagine lots of draft gems will still be on everyone’s board. These are the rounds that can change the fortune of a team and might be my favorite day of the draft.

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Draft Conversation Thread: Rounds 2 and 3

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

Please use this thread for night 2 of the draft or to continue the conversation on the pick(s) the Patriots made on night one.

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Draft Conversation Thread: Round 1

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

This post is for night one of the NFL Draft. I will try to check in here and there if I can and I cannot wait to read this thread on Sunday.

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Draft Day Potpourri

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Just when I thought I was out, they suck me back in!  A little later, I will be posting draft threads for each day of the draft, but I wanted to get a few more thoughts out before I get on a plane.

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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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