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State of the Position: Linebackers

A message to all running backs: Fear the Patriots linebackers. The starting trio of Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower has the potential to be the league’s best, sooner than later. Each player brings a unique skill set to the defense, and all three are familiar with playing in pressure situations as former SEC […]

State of the Position: Running Backs

It’s officially the year of the youth movement at running back for the New England Patriots. For a position that’s usually featured reliable but aging veterans, this season should be a breath of fresh air. Second-year man Stevan Ridley appears poised to be the lead back now that BenJarvus Green-Ellis is in Cincinnati. Although “The […]

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State of the Position: Cornerbacks

If there’s one position on defense with the most volatility it’s by far the cornerbacks. Based on talent, the group should be much improved. But in the NFL, talent doesn’t always win on Sundays. Headlining the cornerbacks is third-year pro Devin McCourty. The former first-round pick struggled mightily in 2011 after earning a Pro Bowl […]

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State of the Position: Wide Receivers

With Rob Gronkowski hobbled by a severe high ankle sprain, the Patriots' wide receivers got exposed in Super Bowl XLVI. Even ignoring Wes Welker’s backbreaking drop, the receivers as a whole failed to make much of an impact against the Giants secondary. Veteran Deion Branch managed just three catches for 45 yards and Chad Ochocinco […]

State of the Position: Defensive Line

On a defense full of unfamiliar faces, Vince Wilfork is the one constant. The burly 325-pound nose tackle has gone from a first-round pick to a four-time Pro Bowler while playing alongside some all-time greats. However, as he enters his ninth year with the Patriots, it’s clear there’s a youth movement along the defensive front. […]

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State of the Position: Offensive Line

With training camp under way and the first preseason game in the books, it’s time to take an in-depth look at each position group. To kick off the evaluation, we’ll examine the most underappreciated group —The Big Uglies. Often overlooked, the Patriots offensive line has consistently been one of the better units in the league […]

New England loses a member of Patriot Nation: Junior Seau dies at age 43

One of the game’s best linebackers and one of its biggest personalities passed away on Wednesday. Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler who starred with the San Diego Chargers before finishing his career with the Miami Dolphins and Patriots, was found dead in his California home by what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  […]

Welcome to the Patriots: Taking a look at the 2012 Draft Class

After three painfully long days of rumors, trades and picks, the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. For Patriots fans, it was a characteristically unpredictable experience, beginning with the unthinkable – trading up for two players in the first round, and ending with the usual – taking some obscure players. Let’s take a look […]

The Hoodie Strikes Back: New England Trades Up Twice in Round 1

Just when everyone expected the Patriots to move down in the first round, think again.  Bill Belichick took advantage of some sliding prospects and moved up twice to secure two building blocks for one of the league’s worst defenses.  The Patriots traded the 27th pick and their 2012 third-rounder to the Bengals for pick 21 […]

Stephen’s Final Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford New face of the franchise. 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor They traded three first-round picks and a second rounder to move up four spots. Shanahan gets his man. 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC The Vikings took Christian Ponder, an injury-prone quarterback, in round […]

Scout’s Eye: A Draft Preview with ESPN/Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson

By the time the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night, it will have been 108 days since the Alabama Crimson Tide knocked off the LSU Tigers in the Allstate BCS Championship game. During those three-and-a-half months, scouts, coaches, draftniks and fans have dissected the hundreds of draft-eligible players who hope to hear their names […]

Draft Needs: A Healthy Dose of Defense

In typical Belichickian fashion, the Patriots attacked free agency looking for the best value. I won’t waste time recapping this strategy as I’ve already covered it before, but long story short, the Pats brought in a bunch of mid-level guys who strengthened the middle of the roster. Robert Gallery, Donte Stallworth and Steve Gregory all […]

Value Shopping: 10 Underrated Draft Prospects

Earlier this week I looked at 10 prospects who will get over drafted based on their potential or athletic ability. Today, I’m flipping to the other side of the coin. Listed below are 10 prospects who I think will be successful in the NFL based on their college production, scheme versatility and athletic ability. This […]

Buyer Beware: 10 Overrated Prospects

Every year, there are players who fly up the draft boards after blowing up the combine. Others dominated early in their career before regressing as seniors. Then there are some who were top prospects that never met expectations. The 2012 Draft is no different with multiple players projected to go in the first round based […]

2012 Mock Draft 3.0

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford New face of the franchise. 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor They traded three first-round picks and a second rounder to move up four spots. Shanahan gets his man. 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC The Vikings took Christian Ponder, an injury-prone quarterback, in round […]

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