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Potential Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft: Kurtis Drummond

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Adam Bogdan

There are few remaining questions in the Patriots defensive backfield. Devin McCourty mans one of the safety positions, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner man the outsides, and Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, and Logan Ryan fill in the holes.

But there is one spot that doesn’t appear to have a clear cut starter, and that is the second safety position. (more…)


Potential Surprise Early-Round Picks for the New England Patriots

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Marcus Lattimore South Carolina

Even with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen in the Patriots’ backfield, could Marcus Lattimore be one of New England’s draft picks this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots have a number of positions of need they should look to address — wide receiver, pass-rush defensive tackle, cornerback, coverage linebacker — and currently only five draft picks to work with to attempt to fill those needs.

The Patriots aren’t a team that will allow their draft strategy to be handicapped by needs, however, and among those needs, the only one where their need for a starter is desperate is at wide receiver. Therefore, while the Patriots should be expected or at least projected to use at least one of their early draft picks on a receiver, the draft board in New England could be wide open to talent at other positions if the Patriots believe in the value on the board.

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2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Florida Defensive End Earl Okine

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Earl Okine NFL Draft

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Playing on a defense loaded with NFL talent can be very beneficial for a draft prospect, as the talent around him can increase his playmaking opportunities and mask his flaws. In Earl Okine’s case, however, the talent at Florida may have just masked his talent.

While fellow defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd is a potential top-10 overall draft pick, and a number of other Gators defenders including linebackers Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins and safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans all look like sure draft choices, Okine is a long shot.

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Potential Patriot: Victor Cruz

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
sterling moore kyle arrington victor cruz super bowl giants

Victor Cruz could be changing uniforms, but don’t count on it.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

This has the possibility to be one of the biggest free agent signings that we have seen in the Bill Belichick-era with the New England Patriots. However, let me be clear: The chances currently are slime to none.

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Potential Patriots: David Nelson

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
David Nelson Patriots

David Nelson is an intriguing free agent option for New England.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The future is still up in the air for Brandon Lloyd as there have been reports indicating that the soon-to-be 32-year-old wide receiver is not in the New England Patriots plans for the 2013 season.

If the Patriots do decide to cut Lloyd, as he’s owed a $3 million bonus, the team will have to make their decision by March 16.

Assuming that the Patriots do cut Lloyd, then one free agent possibility for the team to sign to fill the X wide receiver role could be David Nelson of the Buffalo Bills.

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Patriots Reportedly Interested in Mississippi State Cornerback Banks

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Could Johnthan Banks be playing for New England in 2013? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Perhaps the most intriguing rumor currently circulating from a New England Patriots perspective is the club’s rumored interest in Mississippi State senior cornerback Johnthan Banks, first reported by DraftInsider.net writer Tony Pauline, who claimed that the Patriots were considering drafting Banks in the draft’s first round.

New England was one of the twenty-five teams in attendance at Mississippi State’s March 6th pro day, which also featured prospects such as cornerback Darius Slay (profiled on NEPD last week) and defensive tackle Josh Boyd. Read on to find out whether or not it’s reasonable to expect Banks in a Patriots uniform come draft day.

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Georgia’s Ogletree A High-Risk, High-Reward Draft Day Possibility

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree is among the draft’s most punishing tacklers. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

If New England is uncomfortable with the value available at positions of need, they could opt to adopt a more long-term approach, attempting to cut costs in advance of next year’s free agent crop. One player who superficially appears unlikely to be a Patriot next season but who makes some sense as a surprise pick is Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. Read on to find out what he may offer the Patriots.
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