Building The Patriots Draft Board: Tight End

April 10th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We come to the final offensive skill position of the series, the Tight Ends. It has been several years since there has been this much talent at the position and teams will be able to get guys who can contribute well beyond the first round. After the Patriots aquired Dwayne Allen, it has been all quiet on the Tight End front. In the past however, we have seen the Patriots use multiple picks on the position, and with this much talent, it may be hard to pass up on getting a young player to groom for the future.

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Building The Patriots Big Board: Wide Receivers

April 6th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For part three of this series, I will be focusing on the Wide Receiver position. When you look at the Patriots current roster, Wide Receiver does not pop off the sheet as a need for this team, but we have seen and heard the Patriots definitely trying to upgrade the position. Perhaps its is a move to get younger or more athletic, but for some reason, the Patriots have used a lot of resources in researching and acquiring players. Will that trend continue into the draft? With Belichick personally attending so many of these play makers pro days, the Patriots still seem to be in the market for another Wide Receiver.

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Building The Patriots Draft Board: Running Back

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

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

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

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

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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