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Fifteen Thoughts on the First Round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Boston Strong.

Boston Strong. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Just as expected the first round of the 2013 draft was as exciting as ever. With just about every pick in doubt leading up to the selection, NFL Draft fans were left in true suspense this year.

Now that the first round is in the rear view mirror, I give my thoughts on what went down, the surprises, disappointments and of course break down the Patriots selection (or not). I also take a look ahead to what is expected to be another exciting day at the NFL Draft.


Open Thread: Three Players New England Would Love to Draft in the First Round

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Tavon Austin Patriots Draft

The Patriots can dream… right? (US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

It’s always uncertain if Bill Belichick is going to stay put in the first round, as we have seen the Patriots trade out of the first round time and time again. However, that trend ended last year, as New England actually made two selections in the first round and traded forward to make those selections.

Assuming that the Patriots do draft at No. 29 overall, here are three players that the Patriots would love to have available on the board.


Five Wide Receivers Unlikely to Be New England Patriots

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Keenan Allen Patriots

Keenan Allen will have value to an NFL team, likely as a No. 2 possession receiver, but the New England Patriots are not the best fit.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots do not have many pressing needs going into the 2013 NFL draft, but the one position they absolutely must address at least once in the early rounds is at wide receiver.

Of the wide receivers to catch passes for the Patriots last season, the only one currently on their roster for the 2013 season is Julian Edelman, who is a versatile and athletic slot receiver but has issues with durability. The Patriots brought in a solid replacement for Wes Welker in the slot in free-agent signing Danny Amendola, but Brandon Lloyd was released while the only other significant wide receiver additions were Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, neither of whom is a lock to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster.


Fifteen Thoughts on the 2013 NFL Draft

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Bjoern Werner Scouting Report

Bjoern Werner is turning into the forgotten man of the 2013 NFL Draft.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Before we get back to talking about the NFL Draft and football. On behalf of everyone at NEPD and myself included, we would just like to send out deepest condolences out to those affected by the unspeakable tragedy that struck our city on Monday. No other city in the world is better equipped to deal with such tragedy.

The loyalty, toughness and spirit that our city is known for has already shined bright. The selflessness of those in the city has been inspirational to others around the world. As someone who has grown up in and around parts of the city, I have no doubt that Boston will overcome this and be stronger than ever once it is all over. The families and loved ones of those affected will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.


2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Working out Receivers and Defensive Backs

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
DeAndre Hopkins Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins is drawing a lot of attention from the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots like to perform their “due diligence” on prospects in the NFL Draft. They rack up countless pro day visits, interviews, private workouts and official visits.

We try and keep track of them as good as we can – here are the draft contacts for 2013 and the ones from last year as well.

What trends are we seeing this year?


The Implications of Wes Welker Reaching Free Agency

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Could wide receiver Wes Welker be on his way out of New England? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today that New England Patriots free agent wide receiver Wes Welker “has no plans to re-sign with the team before first testing the free-agent market next week.”

This comes on the heels of an article posted by Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports yesterday which reported on what Cole referred to as “Welker’s somewhat mild disdain for the Patriots right now” , resulting from “how he was treated in last year’s opener, when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had him targeted for a season-low five pass attempts.”

Read on to find out what this means for New England.


If Welker Doesn’t Re-sign: Three Possible Replacements

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Wes Welker Patriots Jets

What if Welker doesn’t get re-signed?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Despite recent news regarding Tom Brady’s contract extension and how there are ongoing negations between the New England Patriots and Wes Welker—I’m still not buying the idea that Welker will be a Patriot in 2013.

In all honesty, there has been no concrete news indicating that Brady’s contract extension has anything to do with Welker—however, you can still speculate that they are related to each other.


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