Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo

April 28, 2021

The Patriots have always had success with smaller, shifty running backs who can play multiple roles within the offense. From Kevin Faulk to Danny Woodhead to James White, no other team in the NFL in recent years has used smaller running backs the way the Patriots have. Especially in the passing game. White is still on the team as are Sony Michel, Damien Harris and J.J Taylor. Running back isn’t…

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Daelin Hayes, DE, Notre Dame

April 28, 2021

The Patriots appear to be trending to more of a 30 front in 2021 based on some of their signings in free agency. Daelin Hayes profiles as either a five technique defensive end in the 4-3 or as an outside linebacker in a 30 front. At 6-3 1/2 253, he has the length, explosiveness and get off to be an effective pass rusher but he can also extend, anchor and…

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State

April 28, 2021

The Patriots need to get stouter inside. It’s no secret. Togiai is a wide bodied, athletic nose tackle who can win with good off and gap controlling an offensive lineman. Schematically, Togiai is a sound fit for the Patriots. It’s just a matter of where they would take him in this draft. Here is my scouting report on Tommy Togiai. Scouting Report Tommy Togiai, DT, 6’2 300, Ohio State Vs….

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

April 27, 2021

The Patriots value route running and strong perhaps more than other team in the NFL. Sure, they want guys who can run and separate but running a good route and consistently catching the football are the most important receiver traits they look for. Seth Williams posses those traits and then some. At 6-3 211, he has good size, strong hands and he is one of the purest route runners in…

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Jamar Johnson, FS, Indiana

April 27, 2021

We have talked extensively about the importance of versatility when it comes to the Patriots. Bill Belichick looks for it in every player he drafts and evaluates. Jamar Johnson would be that type of player. He offers tremendous versatility because he can play all three downs and in all situations. Johnson is far from an elite athlete but he is a good football player who can contribute in a myriad…

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Derek Barnes, ILB, Purdue

April 27, 2021

The Patriots have gone down this road before. They drafted Purdue inside linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley in 2018. Bentley has flashed potential as a thumper at MIKE backer but he hasn’t played to the level the team was hoping for. Barnes is a similar player but more athletic and little bit better in coverage. Do the Patriots go down this road again in their search for a true middle linebacker? We…

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Patriots Draft: 60 Players in 60 Days: Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma

Nickel and dime cornerback are invaluable in this era of spread offenses. Now more than ever, you need five to six quality cornerbacks on your roster if you want to contend for a Super Bowl. Bill Belichick knows this better than anyone. That is why he has emphasized the defensive back position as much as any position during his tenure in New England. Cornerback has always been a priority for…

April 26, 2021
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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Divine Deablo, SS, Virginia Tech

April 26, 2021

The Patriots utilize more three safety looks than any other team in the NFL. Bill Belichick truly believes that three safeties can allow you to match up with any team you play because safeties can play in all three levels. Divine Deablo is the type of player Belichick covets in the middle rounds. He can play in the first and second level on early downs and he has enough and…

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Tarron Jackson, DE, Coastal Carolina

April 25, 2021

Bill Belichick likes undersized, hybrid outside linebacker, defensive end types who can rush the passer. From Mike Vrabel to Rob Ninkovich to Chase Winovich to Josh Uche, the Patriots have a long history of drafting or acquiring players that can play in all perimeter situations. Jackson is that type of player. He has a non-stop motor and despite lacking certain physical traits, plays above his skill level. Jackson was a…

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Patriots Draft: Player Profile: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina

April 25, 2021

We know the Patriots affinity for slot receivers and versatility. Shi Smith fits both descriptions to a tee. Smith is a pure slot receiver who could be a factor at all three levels of the passing game. He can play in the slot and depending on the down and distance, could also split wide and play on the line. He could also be a factor in the return game, an…

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