Posts Tagged ‘Potential Patriots’

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 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.


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.

Desmond Trufant Presents A Logical First-Round Option in 2013

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Desmond Trufant is the type of athletic, experienced, and versatile option Bill Belichick values. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

As outlined last week in our Darius Slay feature, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s draft decisions at the cornerback position have been heavily influenced by what he perceives to be the position’s minimum athletic requirements; although Belichick’s philosophy has proved erratic at best in practice, it would be a surprise if he were to abandon his typical mode of operation in April.


Darius Slay’s Impressive Workouts Could Seduce Belichick, Patriots On Draft’s Second Day

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Darius Slay could be lining up in New England’s secondary next season. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

While Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks was busy slipping out of the first round following a series of disappointing workouts (4.61 in the 40-yard dash, 6.97 in the cone drill, 4.27 in the short shuttle, 34” vertical), his teammate Darius Slay enjoyed a highly successful showing which should earn him a spot in the draft’s second day. Slay measured in at 6’0” and 192 pounds, running the 40-yad dash in 4.36 seconds and turning in times of 6.9 seconds and 4.21 seconds in the cone drill and the short shuttle, respectively. He also topped Banks in the vertical jump (35.5”) and bench press (with 14 reps compared to Banks’ 10.) Read on to find out how Slay may fit into New England.

Could Justin Hunter Be A First-Round Option in 2013?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

New England should investigate the possibility of adding Hunter this April. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Yesterday, Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter’s excellent workout numbers were lost amid captivating 40-yard dash runs of 4.34 seconds and 4.27 seconds by West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin, respectively. Considered a possible first-round pick entering the 2012 season, Hunter did everything expected of him at Tennessee but has been consistently slipping down draft boards, constantly overshadowed by teammate Cordarrelle Patterson. Was Hunter’s workout good enough to earn him a first-round spot, and is he a possibility for New England this April? Read on to find out.

Potential Patriot: Charles Woodson

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Tom Brady Charles Woodson.

Will Charles Woodson and Tom Brady be teammates once again?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

After a remarkable seven-year stint with the Green Bay Packers, Charles Woodson will look to play elsewhere this upcoming season as he was released this past weekend.

The 36-year-old has had a phenomenal 15-year career in the NFL, as he’s won one Super Bowl, been to eight Pro Bowls, named All Pro seven times while being named the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

There’s no question that Woodson will make a solid case for Canton when it’s all said and done, but there still is something left in Woodson’s tank.


Potential Patriots: Aaron Dobson Interview

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson has some ridiculous hands.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots have a bit of history with Marshall wide receivers. Troy Brown and Randy Moss certainly have left their mark here in New England.

I had the pleasure of speaking with former Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson today, a 2013 NFL Draft prospect that is ready to re-introduce himself to NFL fans.


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