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Scouting Report: Mark Andrews, TE

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

With Gronk threatening retirement, could the Patriots look earlier in the draft than most expect at the Tight End position?

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Forward by Mike Gerken

With just a little over a month away until the actual draft, it is getting down to crunch time. I want to thank all of our loyal readers for checking out the site each and everyday. I also want to thank our commenters. With each post we get some great conversations and some great information on lesser known prospects. I know I write here, but I am always learning from the people who come here and give out information. I also want to thank Jeff, he has been working hard to get out some awesome Scouting Reports. They are thorough and well thought out and he has allowed me to work on some other things that should be coming out shortly. I think over the next month, we will be putting out some valuable information, including my Top 100, my annual big board series, plus Jeff has some things planned as well.

As for today’s scouting report, Jeff takes a look at a prospect that is at a sneaky need position in my opinion. Something is going to have to give with Allen and his cap hit, either a restructure or a release all together. If the latter is the case, then there will be a gap at the backup Tight End position. This doesn’t even account for Gronk and his future in football. Now, I think he has every intention of playing this year, but I think his shelf life on this team and in the NFL is shorter than one might expect for a 28 year old. Looking to plan for the future might mean drafting a guy now.

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Scouting Report: D.J. Moore, WR

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

While WR may not be the biggest need, it might be hard to pass on a talent like Moore if he is available at 31.

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

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Two For Tuesday: Quenton Meeks, CB

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

 

If the Patriots plan is to wait on CB, Meeks could be an option on the 2nd Day of the Draft.

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

 

Quenton Meeks – Patriot-Type Player – Stanford – CB/DB – 6’1/210

 

Background

  • Born 6-20-97. Son of Ron Meeks and Nikki Mitchell
  • Son of former NFL D.C.  (15+ years) & college football player Ron Meeks & plays like it. Father showed him the importance of mental side of the game from a coaching p.o.v. & Quenton has been a film nut since.
  • Lettered in football, track and field, and baseball
  • Sociology Major
  • Smart guy that has always done well in academics.

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Two For Tuesday: Josh Jackson, CB

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

If the Patriots do indeed look early at the CB position, would Jackson be available and is he a scheme fit?

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Forward By Mike Gerken

Now that most of the big names in Free Agency have either resigned or found a new home, the needs of every team are starting to come into focus. For the Patriots, there are still some glaring needs, which probably means they will address other positions instead, leaving fans bewildered and in a state of panic. Corner is a position that doesn’t necessarily need to be addressed, but it is also one of those positions you can never have enough talent at. Gilmore is here for the long term, but behind him, there are a lot of question marks and short term solutions, so drafting one, even high, is not out of the possibility. So, for Two for Tuesday, we look at two corners that could be on the Patriots radar.

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Mock Draft Monday: Go Get Your Guy(s)

Monday, March 19th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For all the fans that were complaining that the Patriots weren’t doing anything on the 1st day of Free Agency, they sure have been active since. Most recently, they made another low risk, high reward trade for Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson gives the Patriots a much needed boost in the return game and could see some action as a receiver as well. The Patriots move down a handful of spots to acquire him and check off another area of need. That leads us to today’s Mock. With the list of needs getting smaller, the team can now concentrate on getting “their” guy. So today, Jeff and I looked at a scenario in which the Patriots trade up. Here is what we came up with, be sure to let us know what you would do and who you would target in this scenario.

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Scouting Report: Kolton Miller, OT

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Miller has been compared to the now New York Giant and former Patriot Nate Solder. Will the Patriots see him the same way and hope to mirror that success?

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Forward By Mike Gerken

To every stay at home and single parent out there, I say this now on good authority, you are underappreciated and I thank you. My wife has been gone since Tuesday, leaving me with our 2 young children and well, lets just say, they are winning. I had hopes of having the house looking better than when she left it, now I just hope it is still standing. Bad weather and illness have kept us cooped up in the house for far too long and has everyone on edge. Speaking of edge (smooth transition ehh?), who is going to protect it next year? With all three Tackles that saw significant playing time not currently on the roster, there is a reason for concern. We know Solder is not coming back and we have no clue if Garcia will even play again after his medical issues. Waddle and/or Fleming could be back, but are we comfortable with either one of them being a full time starter? Same goes for newly signed Matt Tobin. What all this means is that there is a good chance that Offensive Line, specifically Tackle, is going to be a top priority in the draft. Or, as I have found out in my time doing this, is that they will ignore the position completely. If they are going to look in this direction, you can bet a player they will at least look into is today’s prospect.

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Scouting Report: Mark Walton, RB

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Will the Patriots look to add another body to the backfield in the draft? If so, Walton brings a lot of qualities to the table that the Patriots look for.

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Forward by Mike Gerken

So, free agency hasn’t been all bad for the Patriots so far. I like the resigning of Burkhead and getting Jason McCourty for little to nothing was a classic Patriot move. The team is still linked to plenty of names and while none of them are headliners, they are players that could create depth and help on the field. It is these type of signings that allow the team to focus on specific players they like in the draft. Today, Jeff looks at one of those players that might be on that radar if the team feels the need to add some youth to the backfield and does not address it any further in free agency.

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