CJ Sousa’s 2015 Patriots Specific Big Board

April 29th, 2015

 

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The national holiday that is the NFL Draft is just around the corner.  If you’re anything like me, you have looked at 4,291 mock drafts, 782 big boards and filled out some countless mock drafts on your own.  Not because you are actually thinking that is how the real draft will go, as we know it takes just one trade to throw a whole entire mock draft off.

It’s kind of like the movie Jack Frost.  Snow dad is better than no dad.  Truly, fake NFL drafts are better than no NFL drafts.  Rest easy fans, the real deal is around the corner. Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : New York Jets

April 29th, 2015
In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Darrelle Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

 

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

There may not be a more intriguing team to watch Thursday night then Gang Green. The Jets have filled some needs in Free Agency as they have been Busy Bees’ this offseason, I’m sure you may have heard.

Last season, New England left Free Agency big winners after Aqib Talib ditched as they acquired Darrelle Revis and later received a 2015 3rd round compensatory pick for the Talib departure. The move ultimately helped New England win a Super Bowl, and should land the Patriots a solid player in this middle-round stacked draft. This year after the Patriots didn’t pick up his team option, Revis bolted for the team who drafted him for a stunning five year $75 million contract with $39 million fully (not just injury) guaranteed. I would argue the big winner in this scenario isn’t the Jets, but Darrelle Revis himself.

The Jets have done much more than just acquire #24 however. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Gerken

April 28th, 2015
What name (if any) will Roger Goodell announce as the newest Patriot on Thursday night?

What name (if any) will Roger Goodell announce as the newest Patriot on Thursday night?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

It is so close! In just two days Roger Goodell will walk out on to that stage in Chicago to a mixture of cheers and boos to officially open the 2015 NFL draft and put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the clock. Here is how I think Friday night might go down.

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My Final Patriots Big board

April 27th, 2015
I have finalized my Big Board. Who are the players I feel can help the Patriots in the short and long term?

I have finalized my Big Board. Who are the players I feel can help the Patriots in the short and long term?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you have been on this site over the past few weeks, you have at least seen my Big Board series I have been working on.  If you have not read them, shame on you and go do so now.  If you have, you know I have compiled my list of prospects that I have scouted and who I feel would be good fits for the Patriots and who can help this team stay on top.  Today, I have compiled all those names in both a horizontal and vertical big board.  This setup should be very similar to what the Patriots and every other NFL team uses on draft day. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Offensive Guards and Centers

April 26th, 2015
The Patriots could use an immediate contributor along the interior of the offensive line.

The Patriots could use an immediate contributor along the interior of the offensive line.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we made it.  This marks the final chapter of the Big Board series.  After this, I will be putting together my vertical big board with all these players ranked so you can get an idea of how I personally stack all these players from different positions against each other.  This has been a fun project for me and hopefully you have learned a little about some of these guys.  I plan on doing a 1st round mock and a full 7 round mock for the Patriots before Thursday as well, so you are not quite rid of me yet.  In this article, we focus on the interior offensive lineman.  Guard will be the main focus as the Patriots have a clear opening there that could be filled early in the draft.

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Putting together the Big Board: Offensive Tackles

April 25th, 2015
Don't be shocked if the Patriots take a tackle in the upcoming draft.

Don’t be shocked if the Patriots take a tackle in the upcoming draft.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Tackle position is tough to project when it comes to the Patriots.  In fact, the whole offensive line has become a bit of enigma.  At tackle, the Patriots have had success with tall, lean, and athletic guys like Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.  Scar is gone and Gooch is in as offensive line coach, and we saw the Patriots draft a little different type of player.  So, will they continue to look at what has proven to work, or are they looking at a change in philosophy? Here are some guys that might fit both styles and stuck out to me.

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Putting together the Big Board : Defensive End

April 24th, 2015
The Patriots have two very good DE's, but they have played a lot of snaps in recent years and could use a guy who can come in and contribute.

The Patriots have two very good DE’s, but they have played a lot of snaps in recent years and could use a guy who can come in and contribute.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, my plan of having my big board series completed by Friday went up in smoke when my beloved 1997 pickup truck decided to break down and leave me stranded.  The good news is, she is back up and running, the bad news, I have fallen behind by a couple of days. Getting back to it, today I focus in on the defensive ends in this draft and there are some intriguing guys at the position.  Let’s take a look at who jumped off the tape for me.

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