Posts Tagged ‘2012 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 and 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 Tavon Wilson’s Fit in New England

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Tavon Wilson had a solid rookie season in New England. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The date was April 27, 2012. The scene was New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The event was Day 2 of the annual NFL draft. And the pick at No. 48 overall was in for the New England Patriots.

League commissioner Roger Goodell introduced legendary Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown to announce the team’s selection. Brown did just that.


Breaking Down Jake Bequette’s Fit in New England

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Jake Bequette Patriots Draft

Jake Bequette’s evaluation is still a work in progress. (

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

With the 90th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected an accomplished Arkansas defensive end named Jake Bequette.

The 6’5”, 265-pound redshirt senior was a four-year starter as well as a two-time team captain for the Razorbacks. And after amassing 23.5 sacks, 35 quarterback pressures and 32.5 tackles for loss over the course of his career in Fayetteville, his resume stood on its own two legs.

Scouting reports had Bequette down as a “high-motor” prospect who displayed “versatility” and “quickness” while playing in an “elite conference” like the SEC. All four of those characteristics coincide with Bill Belichick’s draft history, so it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear Bequette’s name announced to the Patriots.


Patriots Draft Pick Review: Jeremy Ebert

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Jeremy Ebert NFL Draft

Jeremy Ebert didn’t see the field for New England in 2012.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

New England’s final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft was wide receiver Jeremy Ebert out of Northwestern as he was selected in the seventh round, 235th overall.

While playing at Northwestern, Ebert was utilized as a slot receiver as he recorded fairly productive stats his senior year: 75 receptions, 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Patriots Draft Pick Review: Alfonzo Dennard

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Alfonzo Dennard was a huge addition late in the 2012 NFL Draft. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

With the 224th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected cornerback Alfonzo Dennard out of Nebraska—and let me tell you one thing: This pick was an absolute steal.

Dennard might have came with some character issues, as he was arrested in late April was he allegedly punched a police officer in Lincoln, Nebraska—but prior to his arrest, I had Dennard going in either the late first round or in the second or third rounds.

This selection was a great value pick for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.


Patriots Draft Pick Review: Nate Ebner

Friday, February 1st, 2013
Nate Ebner Patriots Safety

Nate Ebner made some plays on special teams this year for New England. (

NEPD Editor: Tony Santorsa

With the 197th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft the New England Patriots selected defensive back Nate Ebner out of Ohio State.

The first thing that you probably heard about Ebner is that he’s a former rugby player in high school as well as at Ohio State—but he obviously still played football while at Ohio State.


Patriots Draft Pick Review: Jake Bequette

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Jake Bequette Patriots Draft

Jake Bequette’s evaluation is still a work in progress. (

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The New England Patriots selected defensive end Jake Bequette  out of Arkansas with the 90th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Patriots acquired this pick as they traded their 62nd overall pick to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the 90th and 163rd overall selections.


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