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2013 NFL Draft Preview: Patriots Could Use More DB Depth

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, and the New England Patriots approach it with just five picks, as a result of having traded their fourth-round pick for Aqib Talib, their fifth-rounder for Albert Haynesworth and their sixth-rounder for Chad Johnson over the last two years. The Patriots received Tampa Bay’s seventh-round selection in the Talib trade, […]

Life After Tom: Investigating Who Will One Day Replace Brady as Patriots QB

For over a decade, the Patriots have never had to worry about two things: head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Belichick has shown no signs of letting up, finishing first in the AFC East ten out of his thirteen seasons with the Patriots (’00 first season finished 5th, ’02 finished 2nd, ’08 finished […]

Assessing the 2012 NFL Draft: A Patriots Perspective

It’s a joke that websites publish NFL Draft grades the day or even the year after the actual NFL draft. Draft “experts” like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay say they evaluate team’s drafts based on whether they fulfilled their needs and received draft “value” with their picks. There is nothing wrong with those evaluations. Just […]

Patriots Trade Up, Draft Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower

After trading with the Bengals for the 21st pick, the Patriots selected Chandler Jones, Defensive End from Syracuse. Listed at 6’5 266 lbs, Jones is a tremendous athlete who will step in at starting defensive end for Mark Anderson, who left in free agency go to Buffalo. Despite being injured five games last years and […]

Patriots 2012 Draft Report: Nick Perry, USC

Nick Perry, DE, USC Height: 6’2 Weight: 271 40: 4.64 2011 Stats: 54 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss Overview: Though only a full-time starter his final year, Nick Perry was a solid contributor to USC in all of the three years he played. As a freshman and sophomore he was used as a […]

Patriots 2012 Draft Report: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

Harrison Smith, Safety, Notre Dame Height: 6’2 Weight: 213 40: 4.57 2011 Stats: 90 tackles, 3 TFL, 10 Pass Deflects Overview: The 3-year Fighting Irish starter Smith has been on an up and down ride on his way to the NFL. After and impressive senior year in which he recorded 91 tackles and seven interceptions, […]

Could the Patriots Actually Trade Up in the 2012 NFL Draft?

With the NFL draft only about two weeks away, the New England Patriots have four picks in the first two rounds. In past years, the Patriots would trade out of the first round and get multiple later-round picks. One of the main reasons we saw that happen year after year was the rookie salaries were […]

NFL Team Building: Ozzie Newsome vs. Bill Belichick

It’s not by accident that the Patriots and Ravens are facing off in the AFC Championship this weekend. They were clearly the two best teams in the conference and have been on a collision course for about a month now. Once the season gets down to the final four, I find the ongoing discussion of […]

Draft Blues: Belichick, Pats Struggle to Find Productive WR

It’s hard to dispute the success that Bill Belichick and the Patriots scouting department have had plucking players out of the college ranks since 2000. The likes of Tom Brady, Asante Samuel to Dan Koppen, Matt Cassel and Aaron Hernandez — all were heavily scouted and nice draft choices in the mid-to-late rounds. But where […]

Draft Report: Patriots Closely Following the Saints, Raiders

We’ve seen some pretty interesting events take place up to this point in 2011 for the Patriots: From Brady’s 517 passing yard performance in Week 1. Followed by 423 yards against San Diego. A come-from-behind win from Buffalo — that shocked everyone. Pay back against New York Jets. Vintage Brady game-winning drive this past Sunday […]

Source: Patriots Interested in TSU RB Dante’ Thomas

The 2012 NFL Draft might not be for another 237 days, but the scouting process for most teams is a year round job. SoB learned — in a phone conversation with Tennessee State University’s running back coach Kevin Mashack — that the Patriots were one of several teams that traveled to Nashville, Tenn., this summer to […]

Trading Spaces: The Unlikely Duo of Bill Belichick and Al Davis

Since 2005, the Patriots and Oakland Raiders have made nine trades involving draft picks. In those nine trades, 25 players were involved, led by household names Randy Moss and Richard Seymour. Despite a relationship that has seen Al Davis accuse the Patriots of tampering with Randy Moss, the two teams have been active trade partners […]

2011 NFL Draft Live Blog: Round 1

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From Pop Warner To UMass: RB Jonathan Hernandez Ready For 2011

At 8 years old, Jonathan Hernandez repeatedly begged his father, Cesar Batallas, to sign him up for Pop Warner, a non-profit football organization for kids from the ages of five to 15. Despite being financially strapped, Batallas caved in and allowed Hernandez to play. Before long, Hernandez developed a love for the game and brought […]

Patriots 2011 Draft Report: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

Although the Patriots found a gem at right tackle with University of Houston tackle Sebastian Vollmer in 2009, the left side of the offensive is a little less clear. Matt Light, who has been a mainstay at left tackle since 2000, will officially become a free agent when the new CBA deal is agreed upon. […]