29th Pick Dominique Easley (USA Today Sports Images)

With the 29th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Dominique Easley. Easley is an immense talent who’s draft stock slipped beacause of two ACL injuries in college. All reports indicate that he is healthy and will be ready to go to start the season.

Some scouts have compared Easley to Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Like Atkins, Easley is explosive off the ball, and is a potent inside rusher from the three-technique. If his health checks out during training camp, it wouldn’t be a stretch to project Easley in the starting lineup on opening day next to Vince Wilfork. Continue reading NFL Draft Day One: Patriots Select Florida DL Dominique Easley »

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Dominique Easley would be a boom-or-bust first round pick (Kim Klement, USA Today Sports)

Here are my predictions for each of the Patriots eight picks this weekend. As a reminder, no projected trades will be considered. The following is a mock assuming the Patriots don’t trade any of their picks (they will).

The Picks

Round 1 (#29): Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Easley is a boom-or-bust three-technique tackle from Florida. He suffered a torn-ACL last season, but without the medical issues it’s likely he would be talked about as a top 15 pick. Easley has the potential to become a dominant inside pass-rusher, which is something the Patriots sorely need.

Round 2 (#62): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

The Patriots will be hoping that Richburg is around when they pick at #62. Richburg will bring versatility similar to Dan Connolly, but has the potential to be a much better player. He could be expected to start Week 1. Continue reading New England Patriots Mock Draft 2014 »

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On January 1st, 2014, Teddy Bridgewater decided to forego his junior season at Louisville, and declare for the NFL draft. When this story broke, writers from all over the country were writing that Bridgewater is not only the #1 quarterback prospect in the draft, but could very well be the #1 overall pick. It is now May 8th, 2014, and many of those writers now have Bridgewater as the #4 quarterback prospect, and a late first round pick. Some even have him out of the first round.

Bridgewater started to fall after he was on display at the NFL Combine. Bridgewater did not display great size, and his hands were measured to be (9.25 inches), which were the smallest of all the other quarterback prospects. Bridgewater stock started to fall fast after his pro-day. The pro-day for everyone is supposed to be an A performance, but Bridgewater came out of his pro-day with a C. After that day, Bridgewater’s stock plummeted all the way to where it is presently. Continue reading Steal of the 2014 NFL Draft: Teddy Bridgewater? »

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The first round of the NFL Draft is finally here ready to start commencing tonight at 8:00 p.m. The New England Patriots are saddled with the 29th overall selection in the first round. The question, that will be answered just before midnight tonight is, who will the Patriots select? Well, a potential candidate for the Patriots at #29 is Jordan Matthews, wide receiver from Vanderbilt.

Who Is Jordan Matthews?

Matthews is projected as a mid-second round pick according most mock drafts. Matthews appears to be a bit of a reach at #29 for the Pats, but could be a well calculated reach. Matthews is listed at 6-3 and 212 pounds. Matthews was a four-year player from Vanderbilt. After his four years, Matthews virtually holds every receiving record at Vanderbilt, one of those records was 24 touchdown receptions.  Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Jordan Matthews »

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The Draft begins Thursday at 8 ET (USATSI)

The day is nearly upon us. After months of waiting, the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday at 8 ET. Here you’ll find a mock of the first round of the draft. Thursday we’ll have projections for each of the Patriots’ draft choices. Although there’s probably a 90% chance we’ll see the Patriots trade out of some of their picks, we’ll be mocking the draft without any projected trades. So, without further ado, here are the picks…

First Round

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Although there’s still a chance the Texans trade the pick, Clowney seems like the obvious choice. I’m not buying any of the hype that GM Rick Smith may select to choose Buffalo LB Khalil Mack. Continue reading 2014 NFL Mock Draft: First Round »

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With the NFL draft only a few days away, the Patriots will be looking for additions for both sides of the ball. Bill Belicheck and the Patriots have a knack of trading down and looking for talent later in the draft. This is where WR T.J. Jones from Notre Dame comes in. I know what you are saying. Why would the Patriots need another wide-out with all the recent free agents they already signed?

The Good

In his senior year of college, Jones set career-highs in all significant categories with 70 receptions, 1,108 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: T.J. Jones »

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Alabama QB AJ McCarron (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

While it’s no secret the Patriots have interest in drafting a quarterback during next week’s draft, the question is who will they target? One intriguing name is Alabama QB AJ McCarron. McCarron is a proven winner, having netted three national titles (two as a starter) while at Alabama. Naturally, wild Tom Brady comparisons have arisen during the pre-draft process. Heck, AJ even compared himself to TB12 during recent interviews. Although certainly a natural winner, questions remain about his potential in an NFL offense.

Does He Have NFL Ability?

One “knock” on McCarron is that he is considered to be a game-manager. While at Alabama, especially during his sophomore and junior seasons, he was never truly asked to lead the offense. The talent on the Crimson Tide offense was usually enough to overwhelm any opponent, and therefore McCarron’s abilities were never truly tested. McCarron gets rattled by pass rushers, lacks elite arm strength, and struggles to throw into tight windows. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: AJ McCarron »

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