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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 8:00 am

Total breakdown: Patriots draft DT Malcom Brown in first round

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick thoughts on the New England Patriots' first-round draft pick.

The pick: Malcom Brown, defensive tackle, Texas

My take: Brown was on our top 10 projected targets for the team at No. 32 leading into the draft, so this amateur scout gives the pick a thumbs-up. Seems like a steal in fact, as Brown was projected to go earlier in the round. The 6-foot-2 3/8, 319-pound Brown is the type of beefy, athletic, versatile lineman who should fit well in the scheme because he can play a variety of techniques -- from holding the point against the run to penetrating in the pass rush. He has three-down potential down the line. In 2004, the Patriots were surprised when Vince Wilfork was available at No. 21 and pounced. Not saying Brown is the next Wilfork, but this pick reminds me a bit of that one.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 8:01 am

Thumbs up, thumbs down for first-round draft picks

Our NFL Nation reporters assess the first-round draft picks.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

The Bucs were dismal on offense last year, ranking 30th in the league. Quarterbacks Josh McCown and Mike Glennon struggled mightily. The Bucs need a franchise quarterback and Winston can be that. As long as he can avoid off-field issues, he has plenty of on-field talent and could give this team its first true franchise quarterback. Thumbs up. -- Pat Yasinskas

2. Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

I’m skeptical about his ability to do what the Titans ask their quarterback to do, and about the team’s willingness to alter the offense for him. But the lure of possibilities with a new QB is understandably strong. Taking a crack with a guy with Mariota’s potential seems like the right thing to do. Thumbs up. -

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 8:02 am

Patriots' pick of Malcom Brown a throwback to early Bill Belichick years

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the early years of Bill Belichick's head-coaching tenure with the New England Patriots, selecting a big, powerful defensive tackle was a given if the opportunity presented itself.

There was Richard Seymour in the 2001 first round (sixth overall). Then Ty Warren in the 2003 first round (13th overall). And finally, Vince Wilfork in the 2004 first round (21st overall).

Belichick once explained the approach by saying there simply aren't that many 300-pound-plus defenders who are athletic and powerful, noting that those types of players were usually the first to score big-money contracts in free agency. In those days, the Patriots played a two-gapping 3-4 defense, and building a sturdy wall at the line of scrimmage made players such as Seymour, Warren and Wilfork even more valuable.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 8:03 am

Picked-up Patriots pieces from the NFL draf

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some picked-up New England Patriots pieces from the NFL draft:

Setting up Day 2. The Patriots have three selections on Friday -- their second-rounder (No. 64) and two third-rounders (Nos. 96 and 97). They also have the 101st overall pick, in the fourth round, that will come early on Saturday's Day 3. "We’re in a little bit of a unique situation," Bill Belichick said. "We have those three picks there together, [if] we want to, maybe those picks are movable [in a trade], maybe they’re not, I don’t know. It’s kind of unusual to have three picks like that clustered together. We’ll have to talk about that situation. It’s still 60-some picks until we even get to that point, so there are a lot of ‘what ifs’ but we’ll just talk about that situation and look to where we’d be here in the second round here at 64. [It’s] kind of the same as [Thursday] -- a lot of teams are going to pick before we’re really even close to getting up to bat. We’ll do the best we can when we get our opportunity to go."

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 8:13 am

Total breakdown: Patriots draft DB Jordan Richards in second round

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick thoughts on the New England Patriots' second-round draft pick.

The pick: Jordan Richards, defensive back, Stanford

My take: Richards was identified as a "beyond the first round" target for the Patriots, so his fit with the team was easy to see. The question is the value of the pick in the late second round, an opinion influenced by media analysts who projected Richards to be a later-round pick (a la Tavon Wilson in 2012). Those analysts have watched Richards a lot more than I have, so I'll defer to them while also acknowledging there is more of this draft to unfold. Seeing a guard such as A.J. Cann selected three picks after this one, considering the Patriots' need at the position, also caught my eye.

With rise of sub-package usage, value of smart defensive back rises: One of the things Richards seems to have going for him is his...

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

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Total breakdown: Patriots draft DE Geneo Grissom in third round

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick thoughts on the New England Patriots' third-round draft pick.

The pick: Geneo Grissom, defensive end/outside linebacker, Oklahoma

My take: Grissom wasn't a player we had identified before the draft, but in reading scouting reports from media-based analysts, one can see why he'd have some appeal to the Patriots. He's considered a good athlete with versatility from having played defensive end, outside linebacker, defensive tackle and even tight end. Some analysts viewed him as a player without a position. A 37-inch vertical leap stands out. So the initial instinct is that the Patriots see some unique traits in Grissom, who has flashed some ability as a pass-rusher and in other areas. It will be interesting to see how a creative coaching staff harnesses those traits.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 8:15 am

Bill Belichick breaks down Patriots' moves on second day of draft

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When Bill Belichick arrived at his news conference at 11:57 p.m. ET on Friday, he asked the assembled group of reporters if they had NoDoz.

Belichick himself didn’t seem to need it, as he held a long session that added insight on the team’s thinking with its draft Day 2 moves -- Stanford safety Jordan Richards (second round, No. 64) and Oklahoma defensive end/outside linebacker Geneo Grissom (third round, No. 97).

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 02, 2015 8:16 am

Setting stage for Patriots on Day 3 of draft

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Setting the stage for the final day of the NFL draft, which begins at 12 p.m. ET:

Patriots remaining selections

Fourth round -- 101 (second pick of round)

Fourth round -- 111 (from Cleveland)

Fourth round -- 131

Fifth round -- 147 (from Cleveland)

Sixth round -- 178

Sixth round -- 202 (from Cleveland)

Seventh round -- 253

Bill Belichick’s view of Day 3

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 5:53 am

New England Patriots draft wrap-up

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A wrap-up of the New England Patriots' draft:

Best move: Keeping it simple in the first round, holding on to the No. 32 pick despite considering a trade option and picking defensive tackle Malcom Brown. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had Brown rated No. 12 on his Big Board, as players with Brown's combination of size (6-foot-2 3/8, 319 pounds), athleticism and versatility usually don't last to No. 32. With the Patriots losing longtime defensive tackle Vince Wilfork in free agency, it ended up being the perfect marriage between need and value.

Riskiest move: Selecting long-snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round (166th overall) makes plenty of sense, as noted before the draft, but the risk is that Cardona might not be available to the team if he has to fulfill a military commitment. If that's the way it unfolds, then the team is back in the same place it was before, with a need to fill a spot that is easy to overlook until there is a mistake in a game.

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Re: Patriots 2015 - 16 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 5:55 am

Thumbs up, thumbs down for each NFL team's draft class

Our NFL Nation reporters assess each team's 2015 NFL draft class.

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys
Thumbs up. The Cowboys needed secondary and pass-rush help, and they covered both areas with Byron Jones and Randy Gregory. These players have a chance to be special. There are some ifs involved with both players, however. Does Jones have a true position? Can Gregory stay on the straight and narrow? Based on what we think we know now, the Cowboys came away with immediate defensive help. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants
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