Mock Draft, version 1.0

March 16th, 2015
Will this top 15 talent still be on the board for the Patriots at the end of round 1 because of his off field issues?

Will this top 15 talent still be on the board for the Patriots at the end of round 1 because of his off field issues?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Now that the first wave of free agency has come and gone, we now have a clearer picture of what the Patriots are going to look like going into the draft.  The Patriots have lost a lot of players from key roles on both offensive and defense and have not done anything to fill those needs. Obviously, there will be pieces still added, but the big name free agents have signed their massive contracts elsewhere and unless the Patriots make a shocking trade, the players that are brought in are more role players than impact players.  That means filling holes and adding talent through the draft.  In years past, the Patriots have gone into the draft without glaring needs to fill.  This has allowed them to stick to their board and pick the players they liked the best regardless of position.  From an outside perspective, this year seems a little different.  Can the Patriots stick to their board and still add players at positions of need? Here is my view on how the draft might play out and you tell me if this would make you happy as a Patriots fan.

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2015 Patriots Free Agency: The Entree Is Always Worth The Wait

March 13th, 2015
NFL: Combine

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick scouts from the seats during the 2015 NFL Combine (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Have you ever gone out to eat with what seems like an insatiable appetite? The type of appetite that makes you walk into a restaurant with an agenda to shut down the entire kitchen, and when the server asks, “Would you like to start with an appetizer?” your only response is laughter. But then after cleaning off a plate of wings or nachos, that insatiable hunger turns into birthing pains constricting you inside a booth? By the time your main course arrives you’ve already tapped out, and a doggy bag is requested as you prepare to walk to the parking lot defeated.

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Revis Island Floats Away: Draft Affected?

March 12th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I know, I know! By now, you probably have had enough on the topic, but I wanted to get my thoughts on Revis leaving and how it affects the Patriots.  Plain and simple, the Patriots got worse the second Darrelle Revis signed that massive contract in New York.  After reading Revis’s comments though, I think the Patriots were the team that was going to have to wow him with their offer instead of the other way around.  Now with Revis and Browner gone, the Patriots went from having arguable one of the best secondaries in the NFL to arguable one of the worst in just one day. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Brandon Person, DB

March 7th, 2015
Does this small school player have what it takes to make the nfl and would he be a good fit for the Patriots?

Does this small school player have what it takes to make the nfl and would he be a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Someone asked if I could do some reports on lesser known players.  Well, I took it to the extreme with Brandon Person, a defensive back out of Tiffin University. Located in Ohio and part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Tiffin is not exactly a hot bed for potential NFL players.  This year however, that may change with Brandon Person.  I was lucky enough to find just enough highlight tape and actual games to put together a report on him, so check out this unknown player and let me know what you think. Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : Indianapolis Colts

March 6th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

If Devin McCourty is not re-signed, the Colts will come knocking.

If Devin McCourty is not re-signed, the Colts will come knocking.

Welcome to a new segment here at NEPD that will be running throughout the off-season.  Throughout the elongated off-season process, I’m going to pick an opposing AFC or elite NFC team to highlight their off-season outlook, and how it affects New England.  As for the first time since 2004 the New England Patriots are looking down on the rest of the league.

What better team to start with then the team the Patriots beat (killed, crushed, destroyed, emasculated, ect) in the conference championship, the Indianapolis Colts.

Let me start by saying this – Andrew Luck is a baller, point blank.  In terms of ‘most important to his team’, I believe Luck is at the top of the list. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Max Valles, DE/OLB

March 5th, 2015
Could the "other" Virginia edge player be a better option for the Patriots?

Could the “other” Virginia edge player be a better option for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think most of us are aware Virginia’s star edge rusher Eli Harold.  But what about Max Valles, his counterpart on the other side?  Together, these two created all sorts of problems for opposing teams. Harold may be the more polished player and the bigger name of the two, but Valles has an interesting skillset of his own. Lets take a look at his game a little closer. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Mock 2.0

March 1st, 2015
Cameron Erving would fill a big need and the connections are obvious.

Cameron Erving would fill a huge need and the connections are obvious.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The NFL Combine wrapped up last week giving us a little more clarity and a lot more data when it comes to projecting potential draft picks. Even though a major mile marker is in the rear-view mirror there are sill two months remaining until the draft begins April 30th. With teams and prospects jet-setting around the country to get acquainted with each other draft boards and projections will change. As we sit today, 2 months out from the draft and roughly a week and a half away from the start of Free Agency here is what the New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft Class could look like.

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