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Building The Patriots Draft Board: Running Back

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As we move to part two of the Draft Board series, we move on from a position that does not have a lot of talent and is not a big priority for the Patriots to a position that many experts have considered one of the more talented groups in this years draft and looks to be a need for the team. Despite the rumors swirling with Adrian Peterson and the signing of Rex Burkhead, I still think the Patriots will address the position.

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Building The Patriots Draft Board: Quarterbacks

Friday, March 31st, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you are new to this site, or need a refresher on my draft board series, here goes. Several years ago it came out that the Patriots typically have a much smaller pool of players that they are willing to pick than other teams. While many NFL teams may have 150 or more players on their board, it has been said that the Patriots are somewhere closer to 100 players and maybe even as low as 75. So, for the past couple of draft seasons, I have watched the tape and tried to come up with a board similar to what I think the Patriots might have. I have had some decent success and the day I get every Patriots pick on my board is the day I will retire. If you like my writing and this site, I think you are safe for awhile. I did much better two years ago than I did last year, so I am hoping for a bounce back year this year.

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My Top 100 Players In The 2017 NFL Draft

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With the draft just one month away, it is getting down to crunch time. There is still players that need to be evaluated, but I feel really good about my top players for this year’s draft. This is not a Patriots specific list. This is just how I rank the players from a general standpoint. In the final weeks leading up to the draft, I will once again do my Patriots Big Board exercise where I attempt to create my list of player I feel are good fit for the Patriots and give you all some details on those players.  Like the Patriots, I will try and keep my board to around 80 to 100 players. I will also create a horizontal and vertical board based on that list of players. Needless to say, there is still a lot of work to be done over the next few weeks.

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Scouting Report: Vince Biegel, LB

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
While his teammate may get all the buzz, Biegel is a interesting prospect in his own right.

While his teammate may get all the buzz, Biegel is a interesting prospect in his own right.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As we all wait to see what is going to happen with Malcolm Butler, the path to the Draft continues to get shorter and shorter. I have begun work on my top 100 player list as well as my Patriots specific vertical and horizontal big board, but there is still a lot to get done. I think I have all the big name players done, but there are still some small school guys and Day 3 gems I am still wanting to watch. This process seems so long, but always goes way too fast. A few weeks ago, I gave you my report on T.J. Watt, but his teammate on the other side of that Wisconsin defensive line caught my attention, so I decided since the Patriots do not have a pick is round 1 or 2, maybe a guy like Biegel would be an option later. Here is what I saw on the tape.

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Scouting Report: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB

Friday, March 17th, 2017
With the real possibility Malcolm Butler could be gone, will Corner be a top target for the Patriots. If so, does Witherspoon fit the mold the Patriots look for?

With the real possibility Malcolm Butler could be gone, will Corner be a top target for the Patriots. If so, does Witherspoon fit the mold the Patriots look for?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, like usual, the boring old Patriots sit back and do nothing in Free Agency again this year. Who am I kidding? I can’t even type that without laughing and I am pretty sure my dog thinks I am crazy. In all seriousness, a lot has happened since the start of Free Agency that has altered the draft strategy of the Patriots and the crazy people like me and you who try and figure out what the team is going to do. The crazy thing is, as I am typing this, I know that things are still evolving and what we all think we know today could be completely wrong by tomorrow. The fact still remains that the Patriots still have a number of draft picks and will be looking for player to improve their team. Despite not having a first or second round pick, there will still be plenty of talent on the board when the Patriots do actually make a pick and maybe Witherspoon could be one of those guys.

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We All Saw This Coming, Right?

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Trying to figure out the New England Patriots is like this vintage office chair I am sitting in right now. I have sat in this chair everyday for years. I know this chair. Every once in awhile however, I will lean back to admire my work or take notes of the next prospect the Patriots probably won’t draft, and it happens. I keep leaning….and leaning…and leaning. Panic sets in an I flail about trying to regain my balance. I am sure when my Grandfather built this chair 60 plus years ago, he did not follow any safety guidelines and therefore created a chair that can lean back to a near horizontal position. That is why I love this chair but also realize that if I let my guard down, it might kill me. Then there is the Patriots. I have followed this team for the better part of thirty years and yet, just like this old chair, they can send even the longest tenured fan into a state of unrest at any moment. Like many of you, I thought I had a pretty good idea on how the start of free agency would go. I mean, they are so predictable, right? I assumed they would sit out the first few days without out making any headlines except maybe resigning Dont’a Hightower. I also thought they would be mulling over the decision on whether to match another teams offer for Malcolm Butler. Then I leaned back in my chair….

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Scouting Report: T.J. Watt, DE/OLB

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Is Watt the versatile chess piece that the Patriots are looking for?

Is Watt the versatile chess piece that the Patriots are looking for?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The other day, I gave you my thoughts on one of the Combine’s biggest winners, Jordan Willis. Today, I thought it might be fun to give my report on another standout from the Combine and a guy who would play a similar role in the NFL. By doing these back to back, we can get begin to compare and contrast their games and maybe get a feel for who might be a better fit for the Patriots come draft day. So with that in mind, lets take a look at T.J. Watt out of Wisconsin.

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