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Who Are “Your Guys” at pick 60 For The Patriots?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For months, I have been giving you my thoughts and opinions on players with my Scouting Report series. As I sat here in front of my computer watching more tape, I realized that I had not stepped back in awhile and thought about who are the guys that I would be really excited about the Patriots drafting when they finally get on the clock at pick 60. The answer that I came up with is not clear. I will get to my answer soon enough, but I thought I would be fun to turn the tables and hear from the readers today.

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Scouting Report: Malcolm Mitchell, WR

Monday, March 7th, 2016
With the release of Brandon Lafell, the Patriots will need to find help at the WR position. Could Mitchell be a good option?

With the release of Brandon Lafell, the Patriots will need to find help at the WR position. Could Mitchell be a good option?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Patriots have made some moves recently that would indicate that they will be in the market for some new faces at the Wide Receiver position. We will find out in the next week or so if the team plans to fill that void in free agency or if they will opt to go with younger players from the draft. If the Patriots do decide to wait until the draft, a player that may be on their radar is Malcolm Mitchell from Georgia. Here is what I saw from reviewing his tape.

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Combine thoughts and observations: Defense

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

In my previous post, I gave you some of my thoughts on what I saw from the offensive players at the Combine. Now it is time to turn the page and look at some of the defensive players that stood out.

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Combine thoughts and observations: Offense

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Combine has come and gone, and another piece to the draft puzzle has been placed, giving us all a clearer picture of who and what these prospects are all about. Here are a few observations I had from watching the tests and the drills.

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Scouting Report: Rashard Higgins, WR

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
The search continues for the perfect fit at WR for the Patriots. Is Higgins that guy?

The search continues for the perfect fit at WR for the Patriots. Is Higgins that guy?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As I continue my look into the 2016 Wide Receiver class, I realize that while there may not be the top end talent that previous years have produced, there is a lot of players who should make an impact at the next level.  Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins was an interesting and fun guy to watch, but is he a good fit for the Patriots? Read on to find out my thoughts.

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Scouting Report: Keyarris Garrett, WR

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Fans have clamored for the Patriots to get a deep threat. Could Garrett be that guy?

Fans have clamored for the Patriots to get a deep threat. Could Garrett be that guy?

Randy Moss. We need a player like Randy Moss. A guy who can stretch the field. That has been the running theme from Patriots fans for years.  It is not something I necessarily agree with given the Patriots current offense and the types of throws Brady has success with.  Brady to Moss was a beautiful thing to watch. Two future Hall of Fame players making it look so easy and effortless.  That was a long time ago.  Moss is not coming back through that door and besides those two years with Moss, Brady has never really been a good deep ball passer.  However, I can appreciate the idea of having a guy who can go deep as long as that is not his only role.  Could Keyarris Garrett be that guy?

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Scouting Report: Jordan Howard, RB

Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Howard is not a flashy runner, and that just might be what the Patriots need.

Howard is not a flashy runner, and that just might be what the Patriots need.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As I said in my previous report, I am focusing my attention on the skill position players leading up to the Combine. More specifically, I have been watching as much tape on the Running Back class as I can get my hands on. Today’s prospect is a stark contrast to my previous report, Paul Perkins. Read on to see why and who I think will be a better fit for the Patriots come draft day.

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