Posts Tagged ‘2013 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…)


Rookies Looking Ready to Step Up in New England Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Second-round pick Jamie Collins is among the Patriots rookies standing out in training camp. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Every rookie goes into their first NFL training camp with an opportunity to prove himself, and a necessity to prove himself should he want to earn immediate playing time with his team. Many rookies are already taking advantage of that opportunity for New England Patriots, and look ready to take on immediate on-field roles for one of the NFL’s premier teams.

The rookie acclimation process is an important one for the Patriots this season, as they are relying at least somewhat on rookies to step up in a number of areas where their veteran presence is thin. While it may be too early yet to draw conclusions on the Patriots rookie class after just eight training camp practices, numerous Patriots rookies are already turning heads and outshining veteran counterparts.

In the three training camp practices I have attended thus far, the rookie standouts have ranged from second-round picks Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson to undrafted free-agent signings Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, all of whom who are expected to make an impact for the Patriots this season.

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Understanding the Flash of Patriots Linebacker Jamie Collins

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

James Collins

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

New England Patriots rookie second-round draft pick Jamie Collins is a man of flash.

He flashed with a regressing football program and he flashed with his athletic measurables, but he can be more than just a flash in Foxboro?

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Film Room: Josh Boyce vs. Boise St. (2011)

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Josh Boyce was a critical component of Texas Christian’s 2011 upset of Boise St. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The new England Patriots spent their fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, #102 overall, on Texas Christian wide receiver Josh Boyce. After the jump, take a look at some film cutups of Boyce in action against Boise St. during 2011, his sophomore season.

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Patriots Practice Squad Possibilities

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
TJ Moe

WIll T.J. Moe make this Patriots roster or is he destined for the practice squad?

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots’ 53-man roster spends their weekdays preparing for an opponent they’ll play on Sundays. Meanwhile, an eight-man roster spends their weekdays preparing for an opponent they’ll watch on Sundays.
They’re called practice squad players.

Most of these NFL hopefuls were released during the final cut-down days of training camp and latched onto an organization in a lesser capacity. Each week, these players work collectively as a scout team. They mimic the nuances of opposing players in an effort to acclimate their teammates for battle.

The camaraderie is there; practice squad players are part of the team. But no, not every team brings guys to away games just to stand in sweats on the sidelines.

In essence, their job is to practice.

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Patriots Off-season: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Tom Brady is the elder statesmen of an otherwise youthful Patriots team. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Now that the NFL Draft and the majority of the free agent signing period has passed, the Patriots 2013 roster is starting to take shape. A clearer picture of the roster is beginning to take shape, although this roster is far from a finished product. There is still almost three months until the start of camp and plenty of time to add more pieces to the roster.

Where can the Patriots afford to add more help? What positions still need some depth? What moves could the Patriots still make?

I examine what types of moves might be made between now and the start of training camp.

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Bill Belichick Recognizes Aaron Dobson’s Basketball Background

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Aaron Dobson isn’t just talented at football. (Photo: ESPN.com)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned about Bill Belichick over the years is that he admires players that have excelled in two sports.

In the most recent case, Belichick has recognized Aaron Dobson’s basketball background and told the media on Friday that it certainly was a plus in his scouting report, as basketball players tend to have “good hands.”

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