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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:43 am

For Patriots scouts, the value in pro days most often come from behind-the-scenes meetings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There have been numerous stories written over the last two months about how Bill Belichick and others with the New England Patriots have been present at college pro days as part of the pre-draft scouting process.

So what are they really getting out of being present at pro days?

In the media, we often report on how a player performs at a pro day, but it's been previously noted by the Patriots' director of player personnel Nick Caserio that those testing results aren't the "main event", per se. It was a topic that he expounded upon in his Wedenesday pre-draft news conference.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:56 am

Reviewing Kiper-McShay mock draft for the Patriots

On Thursday night, ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay hosted a three-round mock draftInsider in which they alternated as "general managers" on a pick-by-pick basis. As usual, it was entertaining and informative.

Some thoughts:

1. The guard position, arguably the team's top need, remains unfilled in this scenario. Perhaps the Patriots fill it at the top of round four, like they did last year with center Bryan Stork, but it was notable how some strong guards started coming off the board between picks 32 and 64.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:42 am

Notes from Patriots pre-draft press release

Notes from the New England Patriots' pre-draft news release:

1. The Patriots estimate that the time they will be on the clock with the No. 32 pick on the first night of the draft is 11:35 p.m. ET. That is based on the time in which that selection was made in 2014.

2. Last year's first round lasted 3 hours, 39 minutes. In 2013, it was 3:30. In 2012, it was 3:00.

3. In Bill Belichick's 15 drafts with the Patriots, there was only one year in which he didn't make a single trade -- 2004.

4. Total draft-day trades made by Belichick over 15 years: 53.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:00 am

Identifying our top 10 targets for Patriots at pick 32

In writing on the NFL draft to this point, the primary focus has been on "beyond the first round" possibilities for the New England Patriots. That series covered 73 players, which attempted to match physical traits and intangibles that might appeal to the team (positions are linked at the end of this update).

Now let's narrow things down at pick No. 32.

The following are 10 players who, if available, appear to us to be good fits for the team:

WR Nelson Agholor (Southern Cal) -- The 6-foot-0 1/8, 198-pound Agholor runs well, has flexibility to line up in different spots and is viewed as a big-play weapon who could add value as a punt returner.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:55 am

Patriots perspective in NFL Nation mock draft

BRISTOL, Conn. -- The 2015 NFL Nation mock draft aired on ESPN this afternoon, with reporters on campus to make their selections in general manager-like fashion. It was a long wait for the New England Patriots at No. 32.

The pick turned out to be Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.

Earlier Monday, I shared 10 players that projected as possible Patriots fits at No. 32, and in the mock draft, five of the 10 players on that list were already off the board.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:56 am

Nick Caserio: Receivers and edge players plentiful in draft

New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio shared insight on the 2015 NFL draft in an interview with Bob Socci of 98.5 The Sports Hub, pointing to two positions as those that are especially deep.

When it was mentioned to Caserio that 2014 had been a stocked receiver draft, he said, "I'd say that position could be a similar situation this year. I'd [also] say there a number of those edge/hybrid type players, which there is a proliferation of those in the league, or have been over the past few years."

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:35 am

Patriots WR Danny Amendola addresses pay cut for first time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who emerged as an integral part of the team's run to Super Bowl XLIX, spoke Tuesday about his decision to take a pay cut to remain with the club in 2015.

"I love playing for this team, for these coaches, for this organization," Amendola told reporters at Gillette Stadium. "I have family out here. This is home to me. I love playing here. This is a great experience, and I'd like to prolong that for as long as I can. It's been fun."

Amendola's base salary in 2015 decreased from $4 million to $1.25 million, saving the Patriots $2.58 million on the salary cap.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:36 am

Patriots roster breakdown: Offense

Breaking down the New England Patriots' roster, starting with offense, to provide a better feel for the team's need areas heading into the NFL draft:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Players: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Garrett Gilbert

Need level: Low

Quick-hit thought: With this year's quarterback class considered weak, the Patriots' selection of Garoppolo in the 2014 second round looks like a shrewd move.

RUNNING BACKS (7)

Players: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden, Travaris Cadet, Dion Lewis, James White

Need level: Moderate

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:08 am

Patriots Draft Preview: Need to protect Tom Brady

In a video clip from our recent Patriots draft preview event, our panel of experts composed of Trey Wingo, Mike Reiss, Tedy Bruschi and Trevor Matich discuss the Patriots' need to draft protection for franchise quarterback Tom Brady.

It all starts with the offensive line, and the panel identified two players who might be good fits in New England.

A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina: "He's a very powerful guy," Matich said. "He's good at coming off the line with leverage and getting initial shock and initial movement. ... When you go against the likes of Ndamukong Suh inside, you want a guy first and foremost with big, thick thighs and natural upper-body strength to absorb Suh's initial shock. And Cann, I think, is a guy that has a chance of being able to do that."

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:08 am

Welcome to draft day and our quick-hit mock draft

In going through various mock-draft scenarios in recent weeks, one of the things that kept coming to the forefront for the New England Patriots was the possibility of the board falling in a way that made a receiver the potential most enticing choice.

Part of that is tied to this being such a deep receiver class. The other part of it is tied to other positions of note -- such as defensive tackle and offensive line -- possibly being picked clean by the time the Patriots make their first pick.

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