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.”
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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).
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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.
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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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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.
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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).
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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