Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Collins’

Patriots’ Undrafted Defensive Tackles Can’t be Taken Lightly

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Jamie Collins NFL Draft

The Patriots chose to add speed and athleticism during the draft. Afterwards, they ordered some beef.

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots drafted seven players over the weekend. The list of Bill Belichick pick-ups included two wide receivers, two defensive backs, two edge-rushers and an inside linebacker. Each choice addressed a need, and it was a good haul by most standards.

But one position was notably missing from the draft pile: defensive tackle.

Even with USC and Canadian Football League standout Armond Armstead and ex-Oakland Raiders Pro Bowler Tommy Kelly in the fold, many still considered interior pass rush a top draft priority. Some were clamoring for a Kawann Short from Purdue, or a Jesse Williams from Alabama, or even a Bennie Logan from LSU.

The Patriots, obviously, weren’t listening.

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2013 Patriots Roster Projection: Draft Picks Find Their Fits

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Adrian Wilson Patriots

Is Adrian Wilson a roster lock for the Patriots?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots added some talent during the 2013 NFL Draft to a roster that was one of the four best in the NFL last year.

Come July, these players are going to be having a high-stakes competition for the last few spots on the 53-man roster.

Who made the cut?

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2013 NFL Draft: More Thoughts on the Patriots Draft

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Aaron Dobson NFL Draft

Will Aaron Dobson or Josh Boyce have a bigger impact this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books and the totality of the New England Patriots draft class is finally known. It’s now time to analyze the results, breakdown how the Patriots fared and project the players into spots on the roster.

Over the last 24 hours I’ve had a ton of thoughts running through my head and I try to fit some of those in this article. Did the Patriots fill their holes? What can we expect from these players in year one?

These are some of my final thoughts on the Patriots draft now that it’s all said and done.

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2013 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Draft Grades

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Aaron Dobson Patriots

What grade did new Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson earn?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

In a draft that the New England Patriots entered with only five draft picks, Bill Belichick traded away the team’s first round pick and picked up four picks along the way—so the team ended with seven draft picks spread across the board.

Little to no surprise, New England traded out of the first round, but have two picks in the second and third round, as well as one in the fourth and two in the seventh.

With that being said, let’s take a look at our way too early draft grades for the Patriots.

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Patriots Draft Review: How Did New England Fare in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Aaron Dobson Patriots

The success of the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft might hinge on the development of Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. (USA Today)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The 2013 NFL draft came to an end Saturday, but the careers of 254 draft picks have just begun. We won’t know who will end up a bust or who will end up in Canton, but we do know who the New England Patriots selected over the course of three days this April.

And with that, it’s time to reflect upon the draft day decisions of head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the rest of the Patriots staff.

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2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Draft Priorities on Day Three

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Logan Ryan  NFL Draft

Are the Patriots going to add any more Rutgers defenders on day three of the 2013 NFL Draft?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots did a fantastic job of adding talented players to their roster on day two of the 2013 NFL Draft, hitting on my first three priorities for them: add talent at receiver, improve the pass rush and shore up coverage.

What are the Patriots priorities on day three of the 2013 NFL Draft?

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2013 NFL Draft: Day Two Thoughts on the Patriots

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson has some ridiculous hands.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots entered day two of the draft with four selections and ended up using all of them. The first three picks were used on highly touted, well known prospects that should be able to help the Patriots immediately. Just when it looked like it was going to be a relatively “clean” and uneventful draft, Bill Belichick throws the curve ball at you.

Here are my thoughts on the Patriots draft up to this point.

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