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Posted on: March 11, 2010 3:32 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2010 11:41 pm
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4) Updated 3-11

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.

Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.

Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.

Round 2 (53): Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
Since the Patriots lost both Baker and Watson, TE is a big need, so drafting Hernandez makes a lot of sense. Hernandez is a bit under sized at 6'3'' and 245 pounds, but has excellent receiving ability. I think he will need to become a better blocker, but he's a solid pick in the 2nd round.

Round 4 (116): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, so drafting Warren would be a nice addition.


Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 10, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4) Updated 3-10

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.

Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.

Round 2 (47): Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
Since the Patriots lost both Baker and Watson, TE is a big need, so drafting Hernandez makes a lot of sense. Hernandez is a bit under sized at 6'3'' and 245 pounds, but has excellent receiving ability. I think he will need to become a better blocker, but he's a solid pick in the 2nd round.

Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.

Round 4 (116): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, as Bodden is now a free agent, so drafting Warren would be a great pick.

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 5, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2010 4:22 pm
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4) Updated 3-5

Now that free agency has started and the Patriots have lost some players, my mock draft has changed. I'm not going to change it up completely, but the Patriots now have some new needs that I think need to be filled through the draft.

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
I still like Graham in the 1st round for the Patriots. Even though both Jarvis Green and Derrick Burgess are now free agents and Graham will most likely play most snaps as a OLB. I think Graham adds youth and depth to the Patriots LB'ing core. Graham in my mind is the perfect pick if he's still on the board at #22. If he's not a few options would be Sean Weatherspoon, Carlos Dunlap, and Sergio Kindle.

Round 2 (44): Corey Wootton, DE Northwestern

Now that both Green and Bugress are free agents I think the Pats need to target the DE position need early on. I think drafting Wootton at #44 makes a lot of sense. He stands at 6'7'' and 280 pounds, so weight wise he will be a little small as a DE. He uses his excellent size to diagnose the play and find the ball carrier on run plays. It will be tough for him to get a lot of penatration on run plays, but he's a excellent pass rusher, something the Pats lacked in 09. If he's still on the board at #44 it would be a solid pick for the Pats.

Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.

Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.

Round 4 (116): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan

There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, as Bodden is now a free agent, so drafting Warren would be a great pick.


Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 4, 2010 6:01 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2010 12:52 am
 

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4)

Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4)

Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.

Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.

Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.

Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.

Round 4 (116): Ben Tate, RB, Auburn

Tate hasn't gotten a lot of attention, but is opening eyes after the combine. After running for 1,362 yards last season at Auburn, having 26 reps and running a 4.43, 40 at the combine, he's rising up draft boards. He could be taken higher then the 4th round, but there's good chance he falls this far. If he does, the Patriots should draft him. They don't have a lot of talent at RB at the moment and taking a RB in the 4th round with this kind of potential makes a lot of sense.



Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: April 2, 2009 12:09 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2009 11:53 am
 

Patriots Draft Preview

The Pats have 4 picks in the first 58 selctions, including 3 in the 2nd round. I'm hoping they can fill some holes and strengthen some areas for next season. I think the biggest need going into the draft is LB. They traded Vrabel and Bruschi is getting older, so I think they need to get younger and more talented at that postion. I also think the Pats need to add a versatile edge pass rusher who can play DE and OLB. A WR who is big and can play oppisite Moss would help too. Here's what I've come up with.

 

Rey Maualuga/LB/USC

Maualuga probably wont fall to the Pats at the #23 pick, but if he does they need to draft him. They could build a a LB unit around Mayo and Maualuga. The Pats also drafted Shawn Crable an OLB out of Michigan last year, who could add skill and youth to the Pats LB unit. They need to get younger at LB and Maualuga would be a perfect pick for them.

 

Aaron Maybin/DE/Penn State

Maybin is a very versatile DE/OLB who would fit perfectly on the Pats 3-4 defense. He's a edge pass rusher, I think the Pats need to add in the draft. At 6-4/248, he can play DE and OLB. I think he's got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL and would be a great pick for the Pats.

 

Brian Cushing/LB/USC

Cushing is another USC product at LB. I don't rank him as highly as Maualuga, but he's extremely talented and could be drafted higher then Maualuga. He has good size to play either ILB or OLB. He's 6-3/243. He also ran a 4.77, 40 at the USC Pro day, which isn't blazing speed, but not a bad 40 time. I think he would be a good pick for the Pats.

 

Kenny Britt/WR/Rutgers

I think Britt would be the perfect WR opposite of Moss. He's 6-3/218 and ran a 4.56, 40 at the combine and a 4.40, 40 at his Pro Day. I have a feeling, he's going to be a big time WR in the NFL and the Pats need to get more talented and younger at WR. Drafting Britt makes a lot of sense for the Pats.

Posted on: December 21, 2008 5:49 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2008 6:52 pm
 

Patriots vs Cardinals Review

I'm going to start off by saying, what a game! The Pats played great. There's no question in my mind they deserve to be in the playoffs, we just need help from the Jets, Dolphins, and Ravens to get in. There playing the best out of those 3 teams and deserve a playoff berth, but some early season losses have hurt us. Let's break down the big win.



The Pats had a great game today, dominating the Cardinals on all three phases of the game. They couldn't do anything today vs our Pats, who improved there record to 10-5, but still 3rd in the AFC East. The Jets are currently losing 7-3 to the Seahawks, so let's hope they can hold on and beat them. Anyways, the Pats gained 514 total yards today, to the Cardinals 186, about half of them coming on a 78 yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the 4th Qtr. Matt Cassel lead the Pats with 345 yards threw the air and 3 TD's. Sammy Morris lead the Pats in rushing with 88 yards on the ground. Lamont Jordon also chipped in scoring twice on the ground. Randy Moss, had a somewhat quite day expect for a 76 yard TD pass on a screen play. The Pats played good football today. Let's hope they can contiune this into next week.

Go Pats!!
Posted on: December 20, 2008 8:52 pm
 

Patriots vs Cardinals Preview

Well guys, I posted a preview earlier this week but because tomorrow is game day I figured I post a better and more updated preview. The Patriots are 9-5 and will most likely need a win here to stay in the playoff berth. We need the Ravens to lose tonight, so the Pats will have control of there own Destiny in the last two games of the season. If the Ravens lose and the Patriots win there last two games, the Pats will get a wild card and the #6 seed. If the Jets and Dolphins lose tomorrow and the Pats win the last two games, they will win the AFC East and be the #4 seed in the playoffs and host a playoff game in the Wild card round. If there the # 6 seed they will have to go on the road in the wild card round. Anyways, the Pats have the Cardinals tomorrow at home, so I think the Pats have the advantage. The Cardinals have already locked up the NFC West, so there not playing for much but seeding. The Pats on the other hand are fighting for the playoff lives, so that favors them. I can't wait for this game. Let's break it down.



9-5
3rd in the AFC East

The Patriots will look for there 10th win of the season tomorrow vs the Cardinals. They need this win badly, to keep the playoff hope alive and I believe they will win. I'm hoping Cassel has a strong afternoon and the running game get's going. If Cassel plays like he did last week, the Pats should have no trouble winning, if he struggles you never know. Hopefully Sammy Morris has a good day running the ball and takes some of the pressure off of Matt Cassel and the Patriots passing game. Let's hope Matt Light plays in this one, he is listed as Questionable with an shoulder injury. He's a big part of our offense and we could use him tomorrow.



8-6
1st in the NFC West

The Cardinals have been one of the surprises of the NFL this year. They have already punched there ticket for the playoffs for the first time sinice 1998. They will give the Patriots a good challenge and could possibly take this game from the Pats. I don't see them winning, but they could. They have been lead this year, but MVP Canidate Kurt Warner. He's had an amazing season with 4290 yards and 26 TD's. He may lead the Cardinals into New England and take a game from the Patriots. If the Cardinals win this game it will be because Kurt Warner lead his team up and down the field and the defense played well.

Key Match Up
The QB's

  Matt Cassel will need to play big if the Patriots want to win this. He's has some big performances this year when he had back to back 400 yard games. Now I'm not saying he will need to throw for 400 yards for the Patriots to win, but somwhere between 250-300 yards and 2 scores may be.
 
  Kurt Warner has had a great season as I said earlier. He too will need to have a great game to give the Cardinals any chance of winning. The Cardinals leading rusher right now is Edgerrin James and he only has 395 yards and 3 TD's. The Passing game has been Cardinals offense this year and Warner will need a big game to win. I'd say in the range of 350 yards and 3 TD's.

Prediction

Well as a Patriots fan, I'd say they have a great chance of winning, but as I looked down the rest of the Pats schedule this game looked to be the toughest and probably will be. I don't think the Pats will have any trouble taking care of the Bills next week, so if the Pats win tomorrow in this game, there playoff chances are looking pretty good. They will need help to get in, but I think the Cowboys will beat the Ravens tonight giving the Pats the #6 seed if the can win there last 2 games. All in all, I see this a tough fought game and a Pats win 31-17.
Posted on: December 13, 2008 6:49 pm
 

Patriots vs Raiders

Well Patriot fans, we have a big tomorrow vs the Raiders. We sit at 8-5 and tied at the top of the AFC East, so we need to win this game. It should be interesting contest vs the 3-10 Raiders. Now we might have taken the 2-11 Seahawks a little lightly last Sunday, so we can't do that again. I didn't think that they had a good chance to beat us and we were a good drive from Matt Cassel and the Patriots offense away from losing and basically taking ourselves out of the playoff picture. The Raiders are playing at home, so that plays to a big advantage to Oakland. If this game was being playing in New England, I'd pick the Pats, but because it's being played in Oakland, I'm not too sure. The game is being played at 4:15 ET.

Location

McAfee Stadium
Oakland, California

Weather Report

Light Rain
Cloudy
51 Degress
12 MPH Win

Prediction


I'm going to go with the Patriots in this one. This should be a hard fought game, played in front of the Oakland Fans. Now, Cassel is expected to play and did practice with the team this week, but that should play a big factor in this game in a good or bad way. We all remember Favres Monday Night game vs the Raiders after his father died, so maybe Cassel will play the game of his live, in his fathers honor. If he wasn't able to go, Kevin O'Connell the 3rd round pick out of San Diego State would start in his place. Now though O'Connell has a lot of talent, I'm not sure I want him starting for the Pats tomorrow, not sure anyone would wanna see that. Anyways, I'm stikk picking the Patriots to win, 27-17.
 
 
 
 
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