Posts Tagged ‘2011 NFL Draft’

NFL Scouting Combine vs. Patriots Draft Picks: A Four-Year Study

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Illinois’ Michael Buchanan hit New England’s criteria at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. And he fit the draft board as a seventh-round flier that April. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The NFL Scouting Combine is what it is.

It is a way to meet prospects off the field and evaluate how their game film translates on the field. It is not a be-all, end-all in determining a draft hopeful’s future, but it is a way to compare and contrast physical and athletic measurements in a neutral environment.

And when teams apply their respective criteria to the subjects at hand, trends are the byproduct, as Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have evidenced over the last several years.

The Patriots personnel department has drafted 36 players since 2010. The collection consists of two quarterbacks, two running backs, three tight ends, four wide receivers, three offensive tackles, one center, three defensive ends, two defensive tackles, six linebackers, five cornerbacks, three safeties and a punter.

Six of whom had to wait until their pro days, while 30 of whom were invited to Indianapolis.

But courtesy of the NFL.com and NFLDraftScout.com archives, here’s a closer look into their vital numbers by position. Because while we do not know what the future will bring this May, history is often a trajectory of the future. (more…)


Breaking Down Marcus Cannon’s Fit in New England

Monday, May 27th, 2013
Marcus Cannon Patriots

Will the Patriots 5th Round selection pay off in 2013?

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Back in 2011, the New England Patriots invested a fifth-round draft selection in a big Texas Christian offensive tackle named Marcus Cannon. The 6’5”, 340-pounder was a first team All-Mountain West selection who garnered All-American honors from Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly as well as Rivals.com.

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Ras-I Dowling: The Patriots’ Latest Draft Bust at Cornerback?

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Ras-I Dowling Patriots Seahawks

Wiil he have to change his name to Ras-IR? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The Patriots made a surprising decision when they selected Ras-I Dowling, a gifted but also inconsistent cornerback coming off of an injury-riddled season with the 33rd overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft.

His career with the Patriots has been a disappointment thus far, and for the second consecutive year, his season ended early when he was placed on injured reserve Friday, this time with a thigh injury.

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Midseason Rookie Report

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Nate Solder Patriots OT

Nate Solder has proven to be a very good pick for the Patriots so far. (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Loyko

Prior to the season I previewed the Patriots rookies and what was to be expected of them. With a little more than half the season over I take a look at how they have performed and what the future may hold.

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2011 Patriots Draft Picks Review – Part 1

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Nate Solder Patriots Draft

Nate Solder was the first pick for the Patriots - will he be our favorite pick of the draft?

We’ve heard what the commenters think about the 2011 NFL Draft for the Patriots so far, but now it is our turn to go in depth what we liked and didn’t like about the 2011 Patriots Draft Picks.

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Doug’s Draft Grades: NFC

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Take a look at how Doug thinks the NFC did in the 2011 NFL Draft. Agree or Disagree?

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Doug’s Draft Grades: AFC

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Take a look at how Doug thinks the rest of the AFC did in the 2011 NFL Draft. Agree or Disagree?

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