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Day 3 of the draft is where teams become champions and champions become dynasties. For example, the Super Bowl winning Seahawks have several starters, including the prominent Richard Sherman who was drafted in the 5th round. After drafting the grand Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd round, The Patriots traded their 3rd round pick (93rd overall) for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 4th (105th overall)and 6th (179th overall) round picks. Belichick now has seven picks left in the draft with plenty of possibilities to play with. So, who are the new prospects joining the Patriots in training camp?

Bryan Stork, Center from Florida State

The Pats started the day off by drafting Bryan Stork, the Remington Trophy winner for the best center in the nation. Continue reading NFL Draft Day 3: Brady Gets Protection »

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Johnny Manziel (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

One of the biggest stories of the NFL Draft’s first round on Thursday was Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, considered by many to be the best QB prospect in his class, falling to number 22, where he was finally taken by the Cleveland Browns. Some of the reasons why Manziel fell that far may have been addressed in an internal scouting report from the Patriots that was published Friday morning by website BroBible.

The less-than-flattering report was apparently written by area scout James Liipfert, and it paints Manziel as an entitled, arrogant rich kid who doesn’t go to class or put in extra work at the gym. “Doesn’t study the game, said to know about 60% of the offense in ’12, never watches film,” it reads, before concluding that he “will never take football seriously enough for our coaching staff.”

Continue reading Patriots’ Manziel Report Leaked, Belichick Has Hilarious Response »

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Surprise! Bill Belichick traded down in the NFL Draft, sending the Patriots' 3rd round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for 4th and 6th round picks. (SI.com)

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for the Patriots’ 3rd round pick and selected OG Brandon Linder from Miami. Mel Kiper Jr. glowingly described Linder on live television as ‘a career back up.’ Seemingly, the Patriots didn’t miss out on much.

As compensation, the Patriots received the 105th and 179th picks (4th and 6th rounds).

Continue reading Patriots Trade 93rd (3rd round) Pick to Jaguars »

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The Patriots selected Eastern Illinois Jimmy Garappolo with their second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo courtesy of NCAA.com)

The Patriots calmly waited for their ideal development QB, Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois (Tony Romo’s alma mater). He was the fifth quarterback taken in the draft. The Patriots selected him over notable SEC quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, and Zach Metternberger.

Continue reading Patriots Select QB Jimmy Garoppolo With the 62nd Pick; What Happens to Mallett? »

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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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Ryan Mallett

Might the Houston Texans be involved in a trade with the Patriots for quarterback Ryan Mallett? According to several (sometimes conflicting) reports, the Texans are interested in trading for Mallett assuming they draft Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft.

Bill O’Brien, Mallett’s former quarterback coach and offensive coordinator in New England, clearly has a connection to the Patriots quarterback. Approaching his first season as Texans coach, O’Brien has only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates at the quarterback position, and could use an upgrade.

Would you support this trade?

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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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