Jeff’s Three round mock with trades

April 17th, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Jeff went and did it again. No matter how you feel about your teams’ picks, you have to give him a ton of credit for taking the time and putting in the effort to do a full 3 round mock including trades.

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Three For Two-sday: Nathan Shepherd, Tim Settle, and Kendrick Norton

April 17th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Work got away from me(Mike) yesterday and I pulled my first true all nighter since college. With the draft just a little over a week away, you would think my real job that pays my bills would be more understanding of the importance of the upcoming event and the information we are trying to get out. Well, Jeff came through with not one, not two, but three great scouting reports of Defensive Tackles. Not only that, but he has a full three round mock waiting in the wings as well. Needless to say, Jeff is killing it. I will continue to get all this content out today as well as the remainder of my big board series, a top 100 list as well as my horizontal and vertical Patriots big board all before the draft starts a week from Thursday. This is your one stop shop for everything draft related.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Offensive Line

April 16th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For the final offensive group, it is time to take a look at the guys who do all the dirty work in the trenches. It’s funny, I went back and read this post for last year’s draft class and I could have copied that intro and it still would apply today. The Patriots need help at the most important position along the line, Left Tackle. Last year, I thought it would be prudent for the team to draft a Tackle just in case Solder did indeed leave in Free Agency. To their credit, the team did, but that succession plan has not worked out yet. Solder is now gone and the position is an unknown. The interior of the line is young and still has its growing pains, but the group is solid. Again, we could see the team look to add some youth as a long term back up plan.

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Prospect Interview: Deontez Alexander

April 15th, 2018

Deontez Alexander is a big play threat from Franklin college & an even better person. Get to know the prospect a little better ….

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Building The Patriots 2018 Big Board: Tight Ends

April 13th, 2018

With Gronk’s future up in the air, could the Patriots look to draft a Tight End early in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We have come to the final offensive skill position and in years past, this was a position that seemed like if the Patriots picked someone, it was either a luxury pick or a value to good to pass up. This year, the position has a little bit of uncertainty to it. As I have stated in the past, I think Gronk will be back on the field for the Patriots this season. That being said, my confidence level goes way down when we talk beyond this season. With that said, I think the Patriots could be looking at the position closely and may take a Tight End early if they feel one of these guys can have a similar impact down the road that Gronk has had when he is healthy. With that said, here are the guys I think the team should target.

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Prospect Interview: Trenton Cannon

April 12th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Every year we have players go under the radar for whatever reason. Some are over shadowed by teammates, some are small school guys. But the good ones have a way of separating themselves. They do it in a variety different ways. Highlight plays to get noticed, a career of full production & a multi skill set to help a team in more than one way. It just so happens that Trenton Cannon checks all those boxes & more.

Cannon is a dynamic RB/Returner from Virginia State. He has shot area quicks & explosive burst to jet past defenders. A versatile skill set that can make an impact in a number of ways including helping in the return game. Cannon avg over 7+ ypc for his career while being the focal point on offense. He has 3rd down, special teams factor back written all over him.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Wide Receivers

April 11th, 2018

While the WR class may lack star power, there are talented player that fit what the Patriots look for and what they might need down the road.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Patriots have been very active at the Wide Receiver position this offseason. There has been a lot of turnover at the position and fans will have to get to know a bunch of new names and faces while saying goodbye to some very productive veterans. When you look at the group on paper, the position seems pretty crowded with little to know room for a rookie. That has not stopped the Patriots coaching staff from working out some of the top names at the position, so maybe its not as deep as we think, at least for the long term anyway. With that said, here is the current roster and some guys I hope the Patriots target at Wide Receiver.

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