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NEPD Mailbag: Too Long For Twitter

Friday, April 13th, 2012
Luke Kuechly NFL Draft

If Luke Kuechly fell to #27, should the Patriots take him?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

How would I handle the Patriots draft? Who are the best kick returners in this draft? Would the Patriots take Luke Kuechly if he fell to #27?

Those are some of the questions I’ll be answering in my weekly “Too Long For Twitter” Friday mailbag where I take questions from Twitter that warrant, deserve or need answers longer than 140 characters

If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyedNEPD, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to throw in a question in the comments section.

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2012 NFL Draft: 15 Potential Patriots (Defense)

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Stephon Gilmore NFL Draft Patriots

Is Stephon Gilmore a potential Patriot?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

In recent weeks we’ve talked about all the statistics, measurements and testing numbers the New England Patriots look for when drafting players. It’s time to narrow the scope and look at 15 players.

This week I will be looking specifically at defenders, in the 2012 draft who have a legitimate shot at hearing their name called by the Patriots during the April draft.

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2012 NFL Combine: Defensive Preview

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Bruce Irvin Patriots Draft

Bruce Irvin could the fastest defensive lineman in Indianapolis this week. But how will he stack up during official measurements? (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

The combine is great for many things, but one of those is just the chance to see every player in one setting, doing the same drills right next to one another. There are so many variables during the season, it’s nice to see one controlled environment even if they aren’t in pads.

Each of these positions has something different to showcase at the combine, for DBs, it’s all about speed at footwork. For the defensive line, it’s more about flexibility and strength. For linebackers, teams will be looking at technique, burst and overall athleticism.

It’s a fun time of year, so when you’re watching the NFL Network, make sure to watch some of these guys.

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2012 NFL Draft: Six Prospects That Fit the Patriots

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Fletcher Cox NFL Draft

Is Fletcher Cox a good fit for the Patriots defense?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Sometimes the best way to get over the past is to keep your eyes squarely on the future.

The Patriots are loaded with four early 2012 NFL draft picks, so they should be able to move around and get exactly what they are looking for.

With than in mind, New England Patriots fans should check out these six prospects that are a prime fit for what the Patriots like to do on offense and defense.

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2012 NFL Draft: Who Could Fall Into the 2nd Round?

Monday, February 13th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower Patriots NFL Draft

Could a potential poor showing at the combine make Dont'a Hightower available to the Patriots in the second round?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every draft season, there seems to be one player with a consensus first round grade that drops for one reason or another to the middle of the second round or even further.

In the recent past, we’ve seen players like Da’Quan Bowers, Justin Houston, Carlos Dunlap, Ryan Mallett, Brandon Spikes, etc. all fall because of injuries, character issues, or whatever was going on with Ryan Mallett last season.

Here are some players in the 2012 Draft class that I could see fall out of the first round:
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2012 Patriots NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower Patriots NFL Draft

Dont'a Hightower brings the versatility needed to crack the 1st-round barrier for Bill Belichick. (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

After an excellent win against the Denver Broncos, Patriots fans are antsy for some more football action. Hopefully, our second crack at a Patriots Mock Draft will satiate you a few minutes.

Despite their 14-3 run so far in 2011-2012, the Patriots have a lot of definable needs on both offense and defense, but will Bill Belichick find players that can fit his seemingly stringent guidelines and still present value?

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Film Room: Alabama vs LSU (BCS Championship)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower NFL Draft

Dont'a Hightower may have solidified a 1st-round draft grade on a lot of draft boards with an impressive showing in the BCS Championship. (Photo: Icon SMI)

In an exception defensive display, the Alabama Crimson Tide demolished the LSU Tigers in the BCS Championship game – shutting out their opponents 21-0 in dominating fashion.

Here are how the 2012 NFL Draft prospects performed during the game.

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