// 2011 NFL Draft

Report Card (Patriots 2011 Draft Report): Grading The Draft Selections

After months of anticipation, countless draft profiles, and pointless mock drafts, the 2011 NFL Draft has come to a close. With that said, this is our last Patriots 2011 draft report, so we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect back to this weekend and play the role of professor. Who’s knows, with […]

Patriots Draft TCU DB Malcolm Williams as Their Mr. Irrelevant

The Patriots concluded their draft by selecting TCU’s cornerback Malcolm Williams. Williams is known for his special teams play, as he has seen very little time defensively. Williams is the second TCU player the Patriots drafted Saturday. With the draft complete; New England added the following players to its roster:

Patriots Draft Central Arkansas OLB Markell Carter With 194th Pick in Sixth Round

New England addressed their pass-rushing need Saturday with Central Arkansas OLB Markell Carter. Here’s a write up from cdsdraft.com on Carter. He has been productive 11.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks in 2009 19 TFL, 5.5 sacks in 2010. He’s athletic, lanky, with long arms, good agility, he deflects some passes, he has leadership skills, is durable […]

Patriots Draft Marshall TE Lee Smith With 159th pick in Fifth Round

The Patriots continued their tight end drafting ways with Marshall’s Lee Smith. Smith, who is looked as a a blocking tight end, joins 2010 draft picks Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Per FF Toolbox: There are better pass catching tight ends in this class and there are better blockers in this class too. However, few […]

Patriots Draft TCU OT/OG Marcus Cannon With 138th Pick in Round 5

The Patriots added depth along their interior offensive line selecting TCU’s Marcus Cannon at 138. Cannon, who is 6-5 358-pounds, can play any of tackle or guard position on the offensive line. Cannon does have a treatable lymphoma that led to his stock falling to the middle rounds of the draft. Some had Cannon going […]

From an LSU Perspective: Who is Stevan Ridley?

Being apart of the Sports of Boston team, sometimes I feel left out. Unlike the majority of SoB writers and editors, I’m not in the New England region. For the most part this serves as a disadvantage. I can cite multiple stories where I had to watch Patriots and Celtics games online. But, for once […]

Is Ryan Mallett The Future Successor to Tom Brady?

On Draft Weekend 2008, the Patriots selected a project quarterback from San Diego State University. Known for his big arm and ability to move outside the pocket, many felt the 6-6, 225-pound rookie eventually would take over for Tom Brady. A year later, New England released 2008 third round pick Kevin O’Connell. Now, Bill Belichick […]

Patriots Draft Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett, LSU RB Stevan Ridley in Third Round

Wow. The Patriots drafted Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett with their second third round pick. A pick prior, New England took LSU running back Stevan Ridley. Mallett was ranked as our No. 2 quarterback in the draft, and the Patriots reportedly had him as their top quarterback. Ridley, who rushed for 1,000 plus yards last season […]

Patriots Draft California RB Shane Vereen With 56th Pick, Trade 60th Pick

With their second 2nd round pick, the Patriots added a running back to their rotation, just not the back many thought. New England added California running back Shane Vereen, who ESPN has already dubbed the next Kevin Faulk. Vereen rushed for 1,167 yards last season as he finally was the No. 1 back upon the […]

Patriots Draft Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling With 33rd Pick

The Patriots drafted its fifth cornerback in three years, selecting Virginia’s Ras-I Dowling. Dowling was ranked as the No. 1 cornerback by ESPN’s Todd McShay following the 2010 NFL Draft. Dowling missed the majority of the 2011 season with a broken ankle and nagging hamstring and knee injuries. When healthy, Dowling was effective for the […]

NFL Draft Day 2: The Fall of Da’Quan Bowers, Bill Belichick, More QBs

Like is always the case, Day 1 of the NFL Draft proved to be entertaining with a lot of surprises. Early on, the Atlanta Falcons traded essentially its entire draft for Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. The Falcons, led by general manager and former Patriots director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff, traded away picks 27 […]

Patriots Draft Colorado OT Nate Solder With 17th Pick

Surprise surprise. The Patriots elected to actually select a player with pick No. 17 in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Patriots select Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder. Solder was ranked No. 1 in our offensive tackle rankings and appeared in one of our previous mocks. Solder is a developmental prospect that could […]

2011 NFL Draft Live Blog: Round 1

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NFL Draft Day 1: Five Top QBs, Late-Round RBs, The Best CB Prospect Ever?

In just a few hours, one of the most anticipated days of year will commence. The NFL draft annually draws interest, 7.2 million people watched Day 1 in 2010, but this year’s draft carries a whole new importance. Unlike in previous years, teams don’t have the luxury of adding veteran free agents to their roster […]

Patriots 2011 Draft Report: Final Patriots Mock Draft

Wives and girlfriends hate us. Others don’t understand. Most call us weird. But, to crazed football fans like myself, the best three day stretch of the year is upon us. For three days males and (some) females will trade in their work clothes for their favorite team’s t-shirt. Out goes the diet that you promised […]