Finding the Value in Patriots Second-Round QB Jimmy Garoppolo

May 11th, 2014

Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo will run from the Ohio Valley Conference to the AFC East, as the Patriots found value in small-school talent at pick 62. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

By the time other positions are addressed, it’s often too late to handle the most important one.

Head coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots acknowledged that on Friday night, selecting Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

To some, it was a great reach.

Alternatives in Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and outside linebacker Christian Kirksey were waiting, as was USC center Marcus Martin, Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, and Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III. Each had their merit as a top-tier available player; each had the potential to become a Patriot. But the Patriots’ draft board was assembled differently.

To them, it was a great find. Read the rest of this entry »


2014 New England Patriots UDFA Signings and Analysis

May 11th, 2014

James Morris has a good chance of making the 53-man roster.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2014 NFL Draft just wrapped up, but the roster building continues. Signing undrafted free agents has been an important compenent to the Patriots organization over the last decade plus and this year is no different. Last year the Patriots had mulitple undrafted players make their roster and make an impact, don’t under-estimate the importance of these players.

Here is a list of the players the New England Patriots have signed to a rookie contract and a quick scouting report on what they bring to the table.

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2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Jeremy Gallon (WR, Michigan)

May 10th, 2014

Jeremy Gallon has a tough road to a wide receiver roster spot.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

With the 244th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected Jeremy Gallon (WR, Michigan) with the 244th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Read on for analysis.

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2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Jemea Thomas (DB, Georgia Tech)

May 10th, 2014

Jemea Thomas is a versatile defensive back.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

With the 206th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected Jemea Thomas (DB, Georgia Tech). Read on for analysis.

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2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Zach Moore (DE, Concordia)

May 10th, 2014

Zach Moore will challenge for a spot as a pass-rusher.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The New England Patriots have added a sleeper defensive end in Concordia’s Zach Moore with the 198th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Read on for analysis.

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2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Jon Halapio (G, Florida)

May 10th, 2014

Jon Halapio is a powerful blocker on the interior line.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The New England Patriots have already added five players to their roster for 2014. With the 179th pick, Bill Belichick selected another Florida Gator, offensive guard Jon Halapio.

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2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Cameron Fleming

May 10th, 2014

Cameron Fleming is your newest Patriots offensive lineman.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots have so far picked up Dominique Easley (DL, Florida), Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, Eastern Illinois), Bryan Stork (C, Florida State) and James White (RB, Wisconsin). They added to their haul by drafting
Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming.

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