Building The Patriots Big Board: Defensive Line

April 17th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With the offensive side of the ball taken care of, it is time to turn our attention to the defense. Today, I will focus on the Defensive Line. Like the Offensive Line, I will break this group up into 2 different categories. I thought about grouping the edge players in this group as well, but the Patriots look for guys who can do a little more than just rush the passer, so that group will be included with the Linebackers. Overall, this group leaves a little to be desired, but there are some intriguing players that fit in well with what the Patriots like to do.

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Building The Patriots Big Board: Offensive Line

April 12th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Before I get started, I wanted to send out a special thanks to Ian Logue over at patsfans.com for helping me get the website up and running. Without his help, I am not sure I could have ever gotten the site working again.

To wrap up the offensive side of the ball in this series, I will take a look at the prospects along the offensive line. The Patriots have put a lot of resources into the interior of the line over the past couple of drafts, but the jury is still out on some of those younger players. I think most fans of the Patriots who follow the draft thought the Patriots would look to add a Tackle in last year’s draft, instead using two additional picks on Guards. Once again, I think this year the team should focus on bringing in a Tackle, but this class is not very strong at the position, so finding the right guy could be tricky. The Patriots have always been able to think outside the box when it comes to their offensive line and I think there are some opportunities to get some talent if they do just that in this years draft.

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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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