Post Draft Scouting Report: Antonio Garcia, OT

May 2nd, 2017

While Garcia may need some time to develop, he has all the traits the Patriots look for in their Tackles.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think if you did a poll prior to the draft on what the Patriots biggest needs were, the two most popular answers would have been a pass rusher and an Offensive Tackle. Well, with their first two picks, the Patriots addressed both. In what was considered a weak class overall at the Offensive Tackle position, I never would have dreamt that Garcia would still be on the board for the Patriots to take. I think the team felt the same way and that is why they made the trade up to get him. Lets take a deeper dive into what Garcia brings to the table.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Derek Rivers, Edge

May 1st, 2017

With their first pick in the NFL Draft, the Patriots addressed their biggest need with a small school guy.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, another NFL draft has come and gone. All that time watching tape and writing reports all comes down to four players. Was it worth it? Absolutely!!! I love the process and this year it seemed to pay off from a personal standpoint. I correctly identified all 4 drafted players as well as 7 of the undrafted players in my Big Board series (all are still available to go back and read if interested). Not only am I really excited for the players they drafted, but a couple of the undrafted guys really excite me and I think have a legitimate shot to make the team. After last year’s draft, where I clearly was not on the same page as the team, this year gave me a boost of confidence in my assessment of the Patriots needs and players they might be interested in. Over the next few weeks, I will be doing an in depth review of the drafted players as well as a few of the undrafted guys that intrigue me. First up, we look at the Patriots first pick, Derek Rivers.

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2017 Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

April 29th, 2017

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko 

The Patriots began Thursday’s draft with just 65 players on their current roster and 6 draft picks. NFL off-season rules allow teams to roster up to 90 players in order to facilitate mini-camps, training camps, and off-season programs, this means the Patriots are projected to sign a large and deep UDFA class immediately after the draft. At least 1-2 undrafted players make New England’s roster each year and contribute immediately, making this process another very important roster building tool. Stay tuned to this post to track of all the Patriots signings and breakdowns of those players who will be joining them.
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2017 NFL Draft Live Chat, Rounds 4-7

April 29th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, the Patriots made a couple of picks last night and I would think most fans are happy going into Day 3. I will go in depth on all the picks after the draft, but both players were in my big board series, so you can get some quick notes on them now if you like. There is a lot of talent still on the board and the Patriots can still get some players who can make this team and have an impact this season. With the draft picks that will be made today as well as the UDFA guys that will be added later, this is the day good teams can become great. I love the idea of teams unearthing hidden talent and getting those Day 3 gems. The Patriots have found success in the later rounds and I think today will be no different. Good luck to all the draftees today and lets hope the Patriots can keep up the positive momentum from last night.

 


2017 NFL Draft Live Chat, Rounds 2 and 3

April 28th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry I am getting this out late. Just got home from work. Looking forward to talking about actual Patriots picks tonight.


2017 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap and Reaction

April 28th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

While the Patriots did not have a pick during the first round of the draft last night, it was still highly entertaining to watch. We saw a lot of surprise picks and some players unexpectedly fall. With plenty of talented players still waiting to hear their names picked, there should be some good drama tonight as well. I won’t speak about every pick, but will highlight some of the more intriguing picks, both good and bad.

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NFL DRAFT LIVE CHAT,Round 1

April 27th, 2017

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