Patriots Draft: Like it or not, trading down made sense for the Patriots

April 24, 2020

For the sixth in the twenty year tenure of Bill Belichick, the Patriots did not make a first round selection. Instead, they traded the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft to the Los Angeles Chargers for the 37th pick in the second round and the 71st pick in the third round. Obviously the Patriots felt comfortable making this trade because the players that they had stacked on the top……

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Patriots Draft: Final Patriots Mock Draft

April 23, 2020

Image courtesy of Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The NFL Draft is upon us. Without further ado. Here is my final Patriots mock draft. Round 1: Pick #23: Kenneth Murray, OLB, Oklahoma: The Patriots will try to move up if they can. If not, they will stand pat and take the best defensive player available. Murray is a three down linebacker who fills an immediate need with Kyle Van Noy, Jaime……

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Patriots Draft: The 2020 Draft could be the most important draft in Patriots history

April 23, 2020

By Kevin Stone/@kstone06 This may seem like hyperbole but it’s not…this draft could be the most significant draft in Patriots history. The NFL Draft begins tonight and as of now the Patriots have the 23rd pick in the draft. Whether they go quarterback, linebacker, defensive tackle or tight end remains to be seen, but the weekend as a whole is what really matters. For the first time since 1993, the……

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Patriots Draft: Defensive Tackle Scouting Reports

April 23, 2020

The Patriots need to address the defensive tackle position after losing Danny Shelton in free agency. Bill Belichick likes stout defensive tackles that can not only play in a shade alignment but head up as well. This year’s draft has a good blend of defensive tackles that can play in a variety of schemes. Here is what I look for in defensive tackles Vs. Run Pass Rush Pursuit Tackling Quickness……

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Patriots Draft: Wide Receiver Scouting Reports

April 22, 2020

On paper, the Patriots don’t have a glaring need at wide receiver. That is why I am not listing the top in this class in my scouting reports because unless one falls at 23 and is too good a value to pass up, they are not going to take one early. Day two and three however are a different story. Here are my scouting reports for the ten receivers I……

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Patriots Draft: Belichick’s first round success in the draft is a big reason for the Patriots sustained success

April 20, 2020

Bill Belichick has virtually hit on every first round pick in his 20 year tenure in New England. Dominique Easley aside, Belichick has owned the first round of the NFL Draft. Which is why Patriots fans get so aggravated when he trades out of the first round. The Patriots have the 23rd pick in this year’s draft and have multiple needs. Belichick has never drafted for need per say. That……

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Patriots Draft: Quarterback Scouting Reports

April 19, 2020

The Patriots have turned the page on the Tom Brady era after 20 seasons. It is hard to believe that another quarterback will be the face of the organization moving forward but that is the reality of professional sports today. The Patriots have the 23rd pick in the first round so it is highly unlikely that anyone of the top four quarterbacks in the class will be available to them…….

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Patriots Draft: Outside linebacker scouting reporting reports

April 13, 2020

Outside linebacker is the second most pressing need for the Patriots after Elandon Roberts, Jaime Collins and Kyle Van Boy all left this off season in free agency. Defensive linchpin Dont’a Hightower is back and will man his usual weak side linebacker spot. 2018 draft pick J’Whaun Bentley will slide into the starting MIKE or middle linebacker spot and replace Roberts. The Patriots however still need to replace Collins and……

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Patriots Draft: Wide receiver may not be a need for the Patriots after all

April 12, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj The 2020 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and while everyone and their grandmother has an opinion on which route the Pats should go with their picks, whether it be defensive tackle, linebacker, quarterback or tight end, there’s one thing that Bill shouldn’t do, and that’s take a wide receiver. After the debacle that was the 2019 season, and even during it, people were down on this……

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