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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Patriots Super Fan Fitzy at the NFL Draft.....

By: Greg

Comedian/Actor/Writer/ Patriots Super fan, Paul "Fitzy" Fitzgerald, goes to the 2009 NFL Draft to interview all the fanimals outside




Patriots sign touted QB Brian Hoyer


By: Greg
If you were watching the Draft on good old ESPN on the second day you would have saw the talent talking to QB Brian Hoyer numerous times. Hoyer is a highly touted QB out of Michigan State who was suppose to go anywhere from the third to the seven round but was not picked at all. On most NFL Draft expert sites he was rated in the TOP 10, even Top 5 of some. Todd McShay on his ESPN Draft coverage said that Hoyer was on of his favorite prospects and could be the next Matt Cassell.
Last season was a down season for Hoyer because he lost many targets to the draft so he was working with younger inexperienced players. His completion percentage was down because of numerous drops by those players. The season before he had over 2,700 yards and 20 TDs.

I was hoping the Patriots were going to take a chance on him in the 5th round and he dropped all the way out of the draft, luckily enough the Pats signed him to a rookie FA contract. For Hoyer he is in the perfect situation. He is young and he is learning behind the Best QB of all time and the Best coach of all time. He will compete vs matt gutierrez for the 3rd spot and if not will be a practice squad player.

NFL Draftcountdown:

Strengths:
Adequate height and bulk...Fairly accurate passer with nice touch and timing...Has a good throwing motion and release...Very tough and durable...Intelligent with a good football IQ...Can read a defense and go through his progressions...Very mature...Has a fantastic work ethic... Was a team leader and captain ...Product of a pro style offense.

Weaknesses:
Just average arm strength...Not very athletic or mobile...Poor pocket awareness...Does not handle pressure well...Takes too many chances and needs to be more careful with the ball...Wasn't overly productive.

Notes:
A two-year starter who backed up current Detroit Lion Drew Stanton early in his career...Ranks among the Spartans career leaders in pass attempts (2nd), passing yards (3rd), pass completions (3rd), TD passes (6th) and completion percentage (10th)...Big things were expected from him in 2008 following a strong junior season but he lost some weapons and struggled at times...Had a strong showing at the East / West Shrine Game and really improved his draft stock...Isn't the most physically impressive signal caller but possesses excellent intangibles and might have the potential to develop into a backup at the pro level.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mixed Messages


Excited about the draft results? Don't read ESPN's pick-by-pick analysis of the Pats' first three selections.

1st pick: Patrick Chung

"Chung is not a great cover safety; he isn't fluid or explosive enough to match up with NFL slot receivers in man coverage. He doesn't have elite ball skills, either."

2nd pick: Ron Brace

"Brace isn't as quick or agile as his college teammate B.J. Raji and he's never going to be a great pass-rusher."

3rd pick: Darius Butler

"Butler doesn't always play up to his ability. He can give receivers too much of a cushion in off-man coverage and we're concerned about his ability to defend the run.'

Granted they are probably covering their arses in case these players are busts, but in Belichick we trust.

-30-

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Myron Pryor Video

By Greg

Draft Profile




Rumblin bumlin stumblin




Patriots select Myron Pryor DT Kentucky


By: G-reg

The Patriots have selected DT out of Kentucky Myron Pryor. Pryor is 6'0 and 319. Myron has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career. In 2008 he made 2nd team All SEC. Last season he had 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

This is the second DT the Pats have selected in this draft. Does this mean the end for Wilfork?

NFL Draft Countdown


Strengths:
Excellent bulk...Good athleticism...Real quick and agile...Has a burst to close...Good strength...Plays with proper leverage...Penetrates and makes plays in the backfield...A hard worker...Has a lot of experience.

Weaknesses:
Shorter than you would prefer...Frame is maxed out...Finesse guy and is not very tough...Has trouble getting off blocks...Can be neutralized by double teams...Was not overly productive...Durability's a big issue.

Notes:
Was a three-year starter for the Wildcats...Named 2nd Team All-SEC in 2008...Dealt with foot, pec, turf toe, thumb, and ankle ailments in college...Has a long history of pectoral injuries dating back to his prep days...Had a very impressive senior campaign and really improved his draft stock...Profiles as a one-gapper/three-technique at the pro level.

Jake Ingram Video

By Greg




GO TO 2:30 in the clip to watch Ingram's piece

Pats get a Long Snaper Jake Ingram of Hawaii


By: Greg
The Patriots have selected Jake Ingram of Hawaii. Ingram is a long snapper and will make the team at that position. With the loss of the snow angel the Patriots needed a long snapper and this pick was a wise one.
When asked who the best Long Snapper was in the draft, Mel Kipper quickly said Ingram was. Look for Ingram to be a long term Patriot at LS.

NFL Draftcountdown:

Strengths:
Decent athleticism...Extremely accurate...Outstanding balance...Is not fazed by pressure...Intense and active...Consistent...Gets a lot of zip on his snaps...Has a strong work ethic...Still improving...Team leader.

Weaknesses:
Average size and bulk...Needs to get stronger...Not real fast and won't help out much in coverage down the field...Isn't a great tackler...Not stout at the point...All he does is snap and won't offer value elsewhere.

Notes:
Nickname is "The Snake"...Was a three-year starter...Younger brother Luke is also a long-snapper for the Warriors...Began his career as a walk-on but eventually earned a scholarship...Served as the snapper for extra points, field goals and punts...Academic All-WAC in 2006...His other position is / was defensive end...Was initially leery about becoming a full-time long-snapper but has now embraced the position and really strives to hone his skills...Has a legitimate shot to be drafted and could end up playing in the league for a very long time.

Patriots select OL George Bussey Lousville


By Greg


The Patriots have selected George Bussey out of Lousville. Bussey comes in at 6'2 and 300 lbs. Again with this pick the Pats get younger on the offensive line and gives the Patriots insurance if many OL' s leave next season because they can not be signed.
Bussey was a Two time All Big East Selection so this guy has talent. It will be interesting to see the compeition between Bussey, Ohrnberger and Volmer. Bussey was on the watch list for best offensive line men in the nation in his senior year but he was injured and did not have the year he wanted to.


Also in his Sophmore year he allowed ZERO sacks for a team that threw the ball a ton. Sounds like a good pick to me


From ESPN


Freshman Year

Bussey went to Louisville as a walk-on and redshirted his first year. He played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman on offensive line and special teams.
Sophomore Year
Bussey started all 13 games, playing both offensive tackle and guard. He didn't allow a sack all season and was named first team All-Big East.
Junior Year
Bussey started all 13 games at offensive tackle. He allowed just two sacks and was named second team All-Big East.
Senior Year
Before the 2008 season, Bussey was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List for the nation's best interior lineman. However, he suffered a sprained left ankle against Tennessee Tech and missed the next game against Kansas State. He was limited to 10 games of action in 2008, but was still a first team All-Big East selection, playing at both guard and tackle.

Welcome Rich Ohrnberger to the Patriots


By Greg

The Patriots have take OG Rich Ohrnberger out of Penn State. He was rated the 8th best OG in the draft by NFL Draftcountdown. He adds youth to the offensive line and could fill in as a back up. With the Patriots having a bunch of their offensive linemen's contracts up next year it was important for the Pats to get youth on the offensive line.


NFL Draft coutdown

Very tough and aggressive...Plays with a nasty demeanor...Quick and agile...Great mobility and range...Does a nice job in space...Smart with top awareness...Solid technician...Good leverage...A lot of experience.

Weaknesses:
Limited athletically...Doesn't have the bulk you look for...Not very powerful or explosive...Lacks a violent initial punch...Isn't real stout at the point of attack...Struggles to sustain...Is not a fit for every team.

Notes:
A three-year starter for the Nittany Lions...Has experience on both the right and left sides...Was named 2nd Team All-Big Ten as a junior and 1st Team as a senior...Could project to either guard or center at the pro level...Best fit will most likely come in a zone blocking scheme.

Tyrone McKenzie Video

By Greg



BIIIIG HIT ON STEVE SLATON

Patritos select OLB Tyrone McKenzie South Florida


The Patriots have a new OLB and his name is Tyrone McKenzie. Tyrone was a tackling machine at South Florida. Last season he had 116 tackles, 121 the year before and 129 the year before that. He had 15 tackles for a loss and 8 pass deflections last year. In his three seasons as SF he has 32 tackles for a loss. Anyone with those type of numbers at that level can flat out play football.
I think this guy can surprise people and will be a solid pro. I like this pick very much.


From NFL Draft Countdown

Strengths:
Excellent athleticism...Terrific speed and quickness with a burst to close...Outstanding sideline-to-sideline range...Nice instincts and awareness...Reliable tackler...Smooth and is able to match up in coverage...Comfortable in space...Active with a good motor...Great football IQ...Offers some versatility...Special teams potential...Good work ethic...Durable with a lot of experience...Impressive production.

Weaknesses:
Just average size and bulk...Can be too aggressive at times...Not very strong or physical...Isn't a big hitter...Has some trouble getting off blocks...Doesn't fill hard against the run...Average hands and ball skills...Uses sub par leverage...Is not much of a pass rusher or blitzer...Definitely isn't a thumper...Bounced around to three colleges.

Notes:
Nearly saw his football career come to an end as a junior in high school when he suffered a severely fractured leg, which required the insertion of a titanium rod to repair...Began his college career at Michigan St. in 2004...Transferred to Iowa St. and sat out the 2005 season...Started all 12 games at middle linebacker for the Cyclones and was named 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2006...Opted to transfer yet again but was granted an NCAA hardship waiver and allowed to play without sitting for a year because his mother was sick...Was 2nd Team All-Big East in 2007 and earned 1st Team honors in 2008...Could project outside or inside at the next level depending on the scheme...Has a fantastic blend of physical tools and production and should test well in workouts...Won't be an ideal fit for everyone but should draw plenty of interest from teams willing to sacrifice size in exchange for speed and athleticism.

Brandon Tate Video

By Greg




He will be the Pats next kick returner


Patriots select WR Brandon Tate UNC

By Greg
After trading their first third round pick the Patriots have selected WR Brandon Tate out of UNC. Tate is 6'0 and 183 pounds. He runs a 4.5 fourty yard dash. Last year in 6 games played he had 16 catches, 376 yards and 3 TDs. He played along side first round pick Hakeem Nicks.

He is also a very very good return man and could fill in for recently traded Ellis Hobbs at that position.
This year he will fight for the number four spot at WR and in a year from now could take over duties as the 3rd wide out.

Tate from NFL Draftcountdown:

Strengths:
Outstanding pure athleticism...Excellent speed and quickness...Great acceleration with a burst...Adequate height...Nice hands, body control and ball skills...Good balance and agility...Elusive with fantastic vision and instincts...Able to separate and be a vertical threat...Versatile and a weapon on reverses...Also a sensational return man...Still has upside.

Weaknesses:
Needs to add some weight and bulk up...Not a great route runner...Has some trouble getting off the line...Not real tough...Must develop better awareness..Wasn't very productive...Health / Durability are concerns.

Notes:
Brother, Barry, also played football at Lenoir-Rhyne College...NCAA career leader in combined kick return yardage...Averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and 10.6 yards per punt return with 6 special teams touchdowns during his Tar Heel career...Named Honorable-Mention All-ACC in 2007 and 2008...Saw his senior season come to an abrupt end when he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee...Overshadowed by teammates Hakeem Nicks and Brooks Foster for most of his college career...Considered to be just a return specialist prior to the 2008 season...Was having an amazing senior campaign and emerging as a potential Day One pick before he got hurt...Won't be healthy enough to work out prior to Draft Day and may not be 100% until 2010, which will impact his draft stock...Dynamic all-around playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball...Whichever team drafts him will need to take a long-term approach with his development but that patience could be rewarded handsomely...Has the ability to be not only a terrific #2 / #3 wideout but also a Pro Bowl-quality return guy.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sebastian Vollmer Video

By: Greg

Patriots select OT Sebastian Vollmer

By: Greg
With their fourth Pick the Pats have selected Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer is a OT out of Houston. He is from Germany. Vollmer projects as a project and wont likely start right away. NFL Network said that this pick was a reach. Many experts had him at a fourth round pick at best. But in Bill we trust.
He is 6'7 and 312 lbs.

NFL Draftcountdown:

Strengths:
Excellent height...Large frame with room to bulk up...Long arms...A good athlete...Nimble feet...Does a nice job in pass protection...Above average strength...Decent range...Impressive motor...Still has upside.

Weaknesses:
Still somewhat raw...Plays with inconsistent leverage...Not a natural knee bender...Struggles to recover...Doesn't sustain well...Isn't real stout at the point...Lacks great balance...Durability could be an issue.

Notes:
Was born and grew up in Germany...A two-year starter at left tackle for the Cougars...Also saw some action at tight end early in his college career...Missed the 2006 season with a back injury...Was named 1st Team All-Conference USA as a senior...Put up 32 reps of 225 pounds and registered a 36+ inch vertical at his Pro Day workout...Has the ability to play either the left or right side at the next level...A solid developmental project with some extremely intriguing physical tools

Darius Butler Video

By; Greg

Darius Butler Highlights





This guy is an athlete



Darius and Dieon



Butler working out

Patriots select Darius Butler, CB out of UCONN


With their third pick the Patriots have selected Darius Bulter a corner back out of Uconn. Back to back local picks here. The Patriots must have loved both Brace and Butler because they traded with the Raiders to select Butler. Butler was rumored to go in the first round and many people had the Patriots taking him with the 23rd pick. So this pick was somewhat of a steal.


BB went to see his workout and fell in love with him. He will right away compete for a starting job along with the Patriots other corner backs. Last season he had 40 tackles and 4 pass break ups. He had 7 career interceptions. He is also a kick returner.


Butler is 5'11 and 183. He ran a 4.53 40 yard dash.


I really like this pick.



NFL Draft countdown:


Strengths:Excellent athleticism...Great speed and quickness...Smooth with fluid hips...Terrific hands and ball skills...A great leaper...Outstanding feet...Solid instincts and awareness...Reads and reacts well...Closes fast and has a burst to recover...Is willing to come up and support the run...Smart...Supremely confident...Can also return kicks...Has a lot of Division I experience... Team leader and captain ...Good bloodlines.


Weaknesses:Height and bulk are just average...Durability is a concern...Has some technique issues with his backpedal...Not real physical...Needs to get stronger...Allows too much separation...Can get a better bump at the line...Has room to improve as a tackler..Too few impact plays in 2008.


Notes:Was a four-year starter for the Huskies...Cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee...Uncle, Gene Atkins, played in the NFL from 1987-96 with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins...One of eight siblings...Also played some wide receiver in college...Missed one game with a hamstring injury in 2006...Missed four games with a sprained knee as a senior...A better pro prospect than his former teammate Tyvon Branch, who was a fourth round pick of the Oakland Raiders a year ago...Impressive natural talent with both the physical tools and intangibles you look for in a starting corner at the next level.

Ron Brace (yourself) Video

By; Greg

Brace your self for some Ron Brace video. Our mini Vince Wilfork.







Draft Preview: Ron Brace - video powered by Metacafe

Patriots select Boston College's DT Ron Brace


With their second pick (40th overall) the Patriots have selected DT Ron Brace from Boston College. Brace is a beast and will fit in nicely in the 3-4. He is a run stuffer at 6'3 and 330 lbs.


Last season he was in opponents backfield all game, he had 11 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. He was a second team all ACC last season. After his draft workouts many teams thought he might go in the first round.


Brace also gives the Pats insurance if Wilfork walks next season.



Scouting Report from NFL Draft Countdown:


Strengths:Excellent size and bulk...Very quick off the snap...Great strength...Is stout at the point of attack...Does a terrific job against the run...Gets a good push up the middle...Will collapse the pocket...A powerful tackler...Shows the ability to shoot gaps and penetrate at times...Nice instincts / awareness...Lots of experience...Improving and has upside.


Weaknesses:Not a sack artist and repertoire of pass rush moves is limited...Does not always play with proper leverage...Still needs to use his hands better...Will get hung up on blocks...Conditioning and stamina might be issues...Has an inconsistent motor...Didn't face many double teams.


Notes:Was a three-year starter for the Eagles...Named 2nd Team All-ACC as a senior...Was overshadowed by teammate B.J. Raji and certainly benefited from playing next to such a talented player but is a fine pro prospect in his own right...The type whose value can't be measured by the stat sheet...Had a great senior campaign and really improved his draft stock...Two-gapper with the potential to be a top 3-4 nose tackle.

Patrick Chung Video

By: Greg

Patrick Chung Highlights.....






The guy can return kicks too.

Patriots select Patrick Chung with thier first pick


The Patriots have selected Safety Patrick Chung out of Oregon with thier first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Chung is 5'11 and 212 pounds. Most NFL Draft experts have Chung in thier Top 3 of safeties. He will join Meriweather and James Sanders in the safety rotation and could spell the end of the line for Rodney Harrison. He was also a special teams star for the Ducks and will see a lot of time there for the Pats.


Last year he was a second team all american. For his career he has 384 tackle (holy crap!) and 9 interceptions.


Below is what NFL Draftcountdown (the best Draft website) has to say about Chung:


Strengths:Good bulk...Very physical and aggressive...A reliable tackler who will deliver the big hit...Strong and tough...Has a burst to close...Does a fantastic job against the run...Fluid hips to turn and run...Good range...Decent hands and ball skills...Has a non-stop motor...Terrific instincts / awareness...Intense and competitive...Major special teams potential...Great work ethic...Durable...Has lots of experience against top competition...Team leader in every sense...Was super productive.


Weaknesses:Is a bit shorter than you'd prefer...Does not have great speed...Can be too aggressive at times...May have some trouble matching up with receivers in man coverage...Not a true deep middle safety...Has a tendency to overpursue...Can still do a better job of shedding blocks.

Notes:Was born in Kingston, Jamaica...Played soccer as a youngster and didn't get into American football until right before high school...Was only 16 years old when he started college...A four-year starter for the Ducks...Was a 2nd Team All-American in 2007...Named 1st Team All-Pac-10 as a junior and senior...Initially entered the 2008 NFL Draft after his junior season before reversing course and returning to Eugene...Was also a special teams ace for the Ducks and could make Pro Bowls at the next level based on that ability alone...Might be a bit of a free safety / strong safety 'tweener in that he plays like an in-the-box type but is built more like a coverage guy...Playmaker who is always around the action...Physical tools aren't amazing but they are adequate across the board and intangibles are top-notch...Will at the very least enjoy a long career as a backup but should not have any trouble earning a starting job...The type of player all good teams need.

Less than zero percent chance of trading to the Top 10


Good old BB has said that the rumors are false that they will be trading into the top 10 and there is a less than zero percent chance that it will happen.

Thank God. I dont see anyone who is worth that kind of money and picks in the Top 10 and I guess BB doesnt either.


He did say that there is a good chance that the Pats will move back out of 23 or 34.



"I think the odds are good. We’ve had a lot of inquiries on our picks – 23, 34, 47 – it’s a lot of preliminary talks but you never know what those things are going to amount to. I think if teams see players on the board that they’re interested in, they might want those picks, and we’ve moved those in the past. A couple of years ago, with San Francisco. Last year, with San Diego for a second. We’re certainly not opposed to doing that if the deal is right, we’ll strike it.”
More to come."- BB


I love Draft day, let the games begin!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pats looking to trade up to the TOP 10

By: Greg

Peter King of SI reported that the Patriots are trying to trade up into the Top 10. King says that there are two trade partners that the Pats could deal with: Packers and Jags. They are looking to trade their 1st rounder (23) and one of their second rounders (48 most likely). King speculates that Tyson Jackson a versatile DE from LSU is the guy the Pats are looking to take or an unknown offensive player.

NE Patriots Blog speculates that it could also be a guy like Micheal Oher or Andre Smith, two stud tackles who could shore up the offensive line.

I would not approve of this trade. I think that picks in the 20's this year are just as valuable as picks 8-20. I would not want to give up one of our second round picks. This draft is deep with talent and I think the Pats can grab four potential starters with their first four picks.

King Looks Past the Second Round


Peter King thinks he thinks 34 is a magical number. The art is either a nod to the show that was hip and then the square King started gushing about it or an artist's rendition of Goodell calling the Pats' second round number.

I think it's hard not to love the Patriots being positioned the way they are -- at overall slots 23, 34, 47 and 58 -- on Day 1. Increasingly over the years, the value of low first-round picks, and all the picks in the second round, has grown. Someday I've got to study the true impact of the second round versus the first, because as Chicago GM Jerry Angelo told me recently, the value of first-rounders has decreased in his eyes because you can't tell how players will change when they get a boatload of money at age 21 or 22.

But New England will surely hit it rich on one of their first-day picks. Check out some of the names taken in the last two decades with that 34th pick, for instance: Carnell Lake, Amani Toomer, Jamie Sharper, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Chris Snee, D'Qwell Jackson.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

N.E. Mail


By: Greg


We here at NE Patriots Blog encourage our readers to send us questions you have for us via email NePatriotsBlog@gmail.com or via our facebook wall (NewEngland PatriotsBlog). You can also send comments/statements and we will publish those in our blog posts (if they are worthy). Today we answer some questions from our F.O.B.S.


Hey Pats Blog, do you think the Patriots will trade any of their first four picks to go up into the Top 10?- Alex- New Bedford, MA

New Bedford, home of the Whalers. Honestly I do not think that there is any player at the top of the draft that is worth trading up for, and I think the Patriots are thinking the same thing. Also they do not want to pay Top 10 money, they traded down last year so they did not have to pay Mayo (whom they would have taken if they did not trade) Top 8 money. I think the Pats will stay pat in the first round but come second round I think there is a good chance that the Pats will wheal and deal. Look for them to either package picks to move up to grab a guy who slips or a guy like Pat White who they seem to be targeting. If that does not happen I can see them making a trade like last season with Chargers (swapping this years 2nd for next years 2nd plus another pick)


Is the picture on top of your website a picture of you guys?- Jennifer


Hey Jennifer. Yes that is a picture of both Rocky and I on top of the page. I am the better looking one eating a steak during last season. I was tailgating at the Razor and we forgot steak knives and forks so we went offensive linemen style and ate steak with our hands. Rocky is the one at the computer, working hard on this blog.



Why do the Pats always have to play in Buffalo in late December?

Good question, and I have no idea. We beat them up anyway so bring on the wind bring on the snow. Lets go 19 and O

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Workout Warrior

By: Greg
Teddy Bruschi won last off season's award of being the biggest gym rat of the Patriots, which gained him a prime parking spot at the Razor for the season. Earlier this week on WEEI's Dale and Holley, Teddy said that Jerod Mayo has been the guy who is giving him the most competition in this area. Bruschi said that Mayo is always there improving his game and body. Mayo had a huge year last year and with this work ethic will only get better. Mayo also said that he did not fully grasp BB's playbook last season, this year he will be a year wiser and make him that much better. Look for Mayo to be a monster this year.

Friday, April 17, 2009

NFL Mock Draft 4/18/2009


By:Greg


Version III Updated 4/19/09 ....You can find a large mock draft data base at http://dcprosportsreport.com/mockdraftdatabase/nfl.html



1. Detroit Kittens
Team Needs: QB, MLB, DE, CB
Matthew Stafford – QB- GA
They need a QB who does not run out of the back of the End zone, Stafford has the tools but does he have ‘it’.

2. St Louie Rams
Team Needs: OT, CB, MLB
Jason Smith- OT- Baylor
An OT is a must here: Its either Smith or Monroe.

3. KC Chefs
Team Needs: LB, OT, DE, WR
Aaron Curry- OLB – Wake
Could be the best player in the draft. With Pioli there I see them taking a defensive player.

4. Seattle Super Sonics
Team Needs: WR, DT, FS,
Mark Sanchez- QB- USC
This guy has been climbing draft boards and gives the hawks insurance for when Hasselbeck leaves.

5. Cleveland Brownies
Team Needs: LB, OT, TE, CB, and a COACH (haha)

Brain Orrakpo- OLB- Texas
The Brownies will bulster their defense with a solid pass rusher.

6. Bungals
Team Needs: WR, OT, C, DT
Eugene Monroe- OT- Vir.
A stacked year for OTs, Bungles need a safety valve for Palmer.

7. Da Raiiiiders
Team Needs: OT, DT, WR
Micheal Crabtree- WR
Ultimately Crabtree drops because of his injury but Al Davis wont let him get past 7.

8. Jaguars
Team Needs: OT, WR, CB
Andre Smith- OT- Alabama
I see the Jags trading out of this spot if they can, if they cant they land a talented OT.

9. Packers
Team Needs: CB, OLB, OT, DE
Aarron Maybin- DE- Penn St.
The Pakers need an outside rusher and Maybin can get off the edge like no one else in this draft but is he just a one year wonder.

10. Niners
Team Needs: QB, CB, OT, OLB, WR,
Malcom Jenkins- CB- Ohio State
1st CB taken bolsters the Niners secondary.

11. Bills
Team Needs: TE, DE, OG, OT
Everett Brown- DE- FSU.
Gives the Bills an edge rusher.

12. Broncos
Team Needs: DT, LB, DB
BJ Raji- DT- BC.
Raji drops because of his off the field problems, BB’s protégé sees a Vince Wilfork like DT in Raji and wont let him by pick 12.

13. Redskins
Team Needs: OT, OLB, DE
Micheal Oher- OT- Ole Miss
Another OT goes off the board here. Also look for the Skins to trade up if Sanchez drops a little bit.

14. Saints
Team Needs: OLB, CB, C
Chris Wells- RB- Ohio State.
A thunder to Bush’s lightning.

15. Texans
Team Needs: S, OLB, RB
Brain Cushing- LB- USC
Versatile LB who can play inside or outside.

16. Chargers
Team Needs: OL, DE, ILB
Tyson Jackson- DE – LSU
Outside rusher to compliment Steriods Lights Out.

17. Jets
Team Needs: Their own stadium, QB, WR, S
Jeremey Maclin- WR- Mizz
If Maclin falls this far, Jets will scoop him up but who will throw to him????

18. Broncos
Rey Maluga- LB- USC
With Raji and Maluga the broncos get a lot better on the Defensive side of the ball.

19. Buccs
Peria Jerry- DT- Miss
Team Needs: QB, DT, WR, RB, OLB
With the addition of Leftwich it all but eliminates QB here. The New coach is a defensive guy and goes with a defensive stopper in Jerry.


20. Lions
Team Needs: QB, MLB, DE, CB
Clay Matthews- LB- USC
The third LB from USC taken. Lions get two solid picks in the first round.

21. Bills
Team Needs: TE, DE, OG, OT
Brandon Pettigrew- TE – OK State
A TE to go along with T.O. is a smart move.

22. Vikings
Team Needs: OT, CB, DL
Darius Butler- CB- Uconn
Viks need help in their secondary badly.

23. Patriots
Team Needs: OLB, OT, DB, MLB, WR of future,
Knowshon Moreno- RB- Georgia
Yes the last two mocks I went with an OLB but more and more “experts” say that they Pats are looking at RBs with the first pick. If Moreno is here and all the talent he has I see BB scooping him up and concentrating on OLB and DB in the second round where they could get a guy like Barwin if he slips. Remember that second round pick is early so their still will be some first round talent there. If I am BB though I take an OLB here and hope that Donald Brown from Uconn a RB, slips to me at the second round.



24. Falcons
Team Needs: DL, OLB, S
Larry English- DL- N. Illinois
Falcons need help on the defensive side of the ball.



25. Dolphins
Team Needs: WR, CB, OLB
Vontae Davis- CB- Illinois



26. Baltimore
Team Needs: WR, LB,
Hakeem Nicks- WR- UNC
Need some help for Joey Flacco. Look for them to try to get Bolden with trading this pick.

27. Colts
Team Needs: DT, WR, DB, new commercial for Peyton
Darius Heywood Bey- WR- Maryland.
Seems like every year that Colts go offensive with their first pick. With Harrison gone look for a WR to be the pick here.

28. Eagles
Team Needs: TE, S, RB, WR
Percy Harvin- WR- Fla
Harvin’s ego hurt his stock but McNabb will like throwing to the weapons of Harvin, Westbrooke and Jackson next year.

29. Giants
Team Needs: WR, OT, OLB, RB, TE, S
Kenny Brit- WR- Rutgers
Need to plug the hole of Plaxico’s wound but is Brit the right fit?

30. Titans
Team Needs: WR, DT, MLB
James Laurenitis- MLB- Ohio State
This guy has dropped in many mock and is high value here.


31. Cards
Team Needs: OL, RB, CB
Donald Brown- RB- Uconn
Can catch and run, dangerous out of the backfield. Will be starter by the end of the year.


32. Steelers
Team Needs: OL, DL, CB
Max Unger- OL- Cali
Gives the Steelers help on one of their weaknesses.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

For the Day After Tax Day: Dubious Pats’ Items #239-244

By Rocky:

I was kicking around NFLShop.com looking for something to blow my tax return money on (I keed, I keed) and clicked on the Patriots category.

Quick semi-Pats related tangent: On Tuesday’s
PFW In Progress Fred Kirsch brought up the point that media outlets tell us to spend to jump-start our economy and then turnaround and report that Americans don’t save enough. Let that sink in. It’s Pats-related because it was on PFW In Progress during which 1/3 of the banter on is non-Pats talk—like this gem—but who else is giving that insight?

Anyway, in the spirit of non-Pats stuff labeled as such, here’s the first entry in the Patriots' bucket on NFLShop.com that caught my eye and it was on page one of 44 pages (or fifth item of 392).

If you have $44.99 to burn on a shitty ceramic Soup Tureen with Ladle buy this piece of garbage. The Shop lets you know that it can be also used to “dish up some football.” First of all we don't dish soup, we ladle chowder out of a pot. As long as Bravo has no reason to run a Real Housewives of New England we won’t be served from a tureen. NFLShop.com suggests that this monstrosity can be used as a candy dish or cookie jar; how many Fun Sized Snickers or trays of homemade chocolate chips would it take to sufficiently fill a roughly 100-squareinch sixth grade kiln project?

Then our blood boiled when NFLShop.com pushed the Super Bowl XLIII “Believe In Now” Tapestry for $39.99 under the Patriots' buying guide. Do you know what keeps one warm for free on cold New England nights? Being held. If the XLII Super Bowl referees were aware of holding last year's tapestry would be fine to put in the Pats bucket. This is like a smallpox blanket...

Seriously, what the Brady is this? It’s called Forest Face and the sell is, “decorate your favorite tree with team spirit with this officially licensed NFL® team forest face from Team Sports America.” If we did read Lord of the Rings and we did want to make ents Pats fans we would. But for now the only thing we’d put on an oak is: Blaugh + Belicheck = Heart (platonically).

And then, fashionably worse than a mesh hat or Crocs, NFLShop.com offers Patriots Zubaz. Not even in sweatpants form--for $16.99 per yard! Surprisingly Patriots’ Starter jackets from the same era are unavailable.

Speaking of other whacked-out ideas, in the following post you’ll see Greg’s breakdown of the Patriots’ schedule, but on ESPN’s Page 2 DJ Gallo only picks two Pats’ games as “must-sees” (vs. Bills and at Broncos). Obviously there are 16 of those.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Breakdown of Patriots Schedule

By: Greg



Sept. 14 (Monday) -- vs. Buffalo (7 p.m., ESPN)

  • Monday Night Game

  • Return of Brady

  • Debut of T.O

Sept. 20 – at N.Y. Jets (1 p.m., CBS)



  • New Jets Coach Rex Ryan introduced to BB

Sept. 27 – vs. Atlanta (1 p.m., Fox)

  • Matt Ryan's home coming

Oct. 4 – vs. Baltimore (1 p.m., CBS)

  • How will the Baltimore defense be without their defense coordinator and key defensive players

  • How will Flacco's second year be

  • Back to Back home games vs Playoff teams

Oct. 11 – at Denver (4:15 p.m., CBS

  • Coach vs Mentor- McDaniels

Oct. 18 – vs. Tennessee (4:15 p.m., CBs

  • Very strong team last year lets see if they can repeat

Oct. 25 -- at Buccaneers (in London, 1 p.m.)

  • First over seas game for the Pats

  • The Buccs should suck

  • Suppose to be a home game for Buccs- a plus for the Pats

Nov. 1 -- OPEN

  • Bye right after London is huge so the Pats can rest

Nov. 8 – vs. Miami (1 p.m., CBS)

  • Lets see if the Wildcat comes back
  • AFC Champs

Nov. 15 – at Indianapolis (8:20 p.m., NBC)

  • Like Sox v Yanks only football
  • PrimeTime Game
  • ON THE ROAD VS COLTS AGAIN!

Nov. 22 – vs. N.Y. Jets (4:15 p.m., CBS)*

  • National TV
  • I hate the Jets

Nov. 30 (Monday) – at New Orleans (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

  • Another National TV Game
  • Monday Night
  • N.O. is hard place to play on Monday nights

Dec. 6 – at Miami (8:20 p.m., NBC)*

  • Another national TV Game
  • Back to back away games at night
  • Short week

Dec. 13 – vs. Carolina (1 p.m., Fox)*

  • One of the best NFC teams

Dec. 20 – at Buffalo (1 p.m., CBS)*

  • Buffalo is December is tough

Dec. 27 – vs. Jacksonville (1 p.m., CBS)*

  • Could be fighting for a playoff spot/seeds with this game
  • Jags will becoming off a long week because the week before they play Thursday

Jan. 3 – at Houston (1 p.m., CBS)*

  • Always the team to break out, lets see if this is the year

Overall it is a pretty tough schedule.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Patriots schedule annouced!

By: Greg
Below is the Patriots schedule for next season. I will have a break down of the games ect. tomorrow.

Sept. 14 (Monday) -- vs. Buffalo (7 p.m., ESPN)
Sept. 20 – at N.Y. Jets (1 p.m., CBS)
Sept. 27 – vs. Atlanta (1 p.m., Fox)
Oct. 4 – vs.
Baltimore (1 p.m., CBS)
Oct. 11 – at
Denver (4:15 p.m., CBS)
Oct. 18 – vs.
Tennessee (4:15 p.m., CBS)
Oct. 25 -- at
Buccaneers (in London, 1 p.m.)
Nov. 1 -- OPEN
Nov. 8 – vs. Miami (1 p.m., CBS)
Nov. 15 – at
Indianapolis (8:20 p.m., NBC)
Nov. 22 – vs. N.Y. Jets (4:15 p.m., CBS)*
Nov. 30 (Monday) – at New Orleans (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Dec. 6 – at Miami (8:20 p.m., NBC)*
Dec. 13 – vs. Carolina (1 p.m., Fox)*
Dec. 20 – at Buffalo (1 p.m., CBS)*
Dec. 27 – vs. Jacksonville (1 p.m., CBS)*
Jan. 3 – at Houston (1 p.m., CBS)*

Monday, April 13, 2009

Polling the FOBS....What new Patriot will have the biggest impact next year?

By Greg:

This is our second edition of polling the FOBs (Friend of the Blog). The question we asked you:

Which new addition will have the biggest impact on the Pats next season?

The FOBs think that Fred Taylor will have a big impact on the Patriots offense and Leigh Bodden will bolster the secondary. Taylor came in first in the poll with 34% of the vote. I agree with those FOBs. I think instantly Taylor becomes the starter and/or the back whom gets the most carries per game. Laurence Phony Bologna Maroney is not the guy, he is hurt too much and runs scared. Taylor will be a beast late in games and in the winter weather of the AFC. Taylor gives Brady an actual threat in the backfield so that defenses can not double and triple team his receivers.

Coming in second was Leigh Bodden with 32% of the vote. As of right now I am not as high on this guy as the rest of you seem to be. The upside is that Bodden will be playing for a contract--and he is talented--but he played for one of the worst secondaries in the league last year so I do not see him upgrading the Patriots that much.

Surprisingly Joey Galloway accounted for only one vote. I think Galloway is a huge upgrade over Gaffney and I'm chalking him up for 900 yards if he is not hurt. I think acquiring him added a speedster to Brady's arsenal. And, unlike when he played for Tampa, he will not be double teamed thanks to Moss and Welker.

Eight wise guys or gals picked "I Do not know, I am going to have a Gansett. " Don't mind if I do.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Draft Guru Mel Kiper say the Patriots might go Running Back with their first pick


By: Greg

Being a podcast lover, I download and listen to ESPN's NFL Draft podcast with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay every week. On this weeks episode Mel was talking about what the Patriots will do with their first pick. Many other so called experts have the Patriots taking a OLB but Mel says look for the Patriots to draft a Running back with their first pick.

He says that Maroney is garbage and has not done anything, Faulk is old and so is Fred Taylor. He thinks that Donald Brown the RB out of UConn makes the most sense because of his versatility. Brown has visited with the Patriots and BB.

My take on this is maybe in the second round where the Patriots have three picks and can gamble on a Running Back but right now to take a running back with their first pick when they have glaring needs at OLB and CB would be stupid. Our backfield is full as it is with Maroney, Faulk, Morris and Taylor vying for carries.

Maybe if Donald Brown falls to the second round we can scoop him up but not before that. I watched Brown numerous times and the guy can flat out play. He has had a couple of 200 yard games and can catch the ball out of the backfield too.

Mel is the expert so maybe he knows something we do not know or maybe he is blowing smoke up our ass. We will see in a few weeks.

The Quote of the Week


The Quote of the Week comes from possible Pat, Jason Taylor who talked to USAToday about playing for the Jets:

"It'd be very, very, very difficult. Very difficult. But at the end of the day, if you can't find a job anywhere else and the Jets call, I guess you've got to retire or go play."

Thanks for pointing it Jon K from Chatham, New Jersey. To clarify, Jon K is not a Jets fan.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blaugh: New England Patriots blog becomes part of Sports Blog Net Network

We here at NE Patriots blog are proud to become part of Sports Blog Net Network
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Read all the quality blogs in the network
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Join the network as an additional revenue and traffic source for your sports blog
Our goals are to get all the small blogs out to the masses, give new bloggers the ability to get the exposure they are looking for, and give sports fans a destination that they want to visit everyday.

So hopefully through this we can gain more readership and gain more F.O.Bs (friend of the blog), is that what life is all about?

Lynch suspened for 3 Games equals good news for the Patriots


Marshawn Lynch has been suspended for the first three games in another one of his off the field troubles. This time Lynch was arrested for gun possession.

This is good news for the Patriots. Lynch is an absolute beast and the Patriots would need to put an emphasis on stopping him by creeping the safety up. Now they can turn most of their attention to stopping T.O. and Lee Evans. The can lay their safetys over the top for Evans or double team T.O.

Lynch's back up is Fred Jackson who is a tough runner but is no where near the runner of Marshawn. If you remember the Patriots played a Lynch less team in the final game of last season because he was hurt and blanked the Bills 13-0.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pats to host Pat Wildcat White

By: Greg
Its a new trend like girls getting the Rachel or everyone wearing shoes named after an aminal (and look folish on men) or a new way to wash your car .

Its the Wildcat... a new trend in the NFL where you have an athletic player who has the option of throwing, running or handing off the ball. The Dolphins torched the Patriots early in the season this new offense and many other teams followed by using this offesne very sucessfully.

The Patriots always have had a similar offense with Kevin Faulk taking a direct snap but it does not have the same effect of having a guy who can run, pass or hand off.

That brings me to my point which is the Patriots are hosting Athletic QB Pat Wildcat White on Monday and Tuesday. White was a quaterback at West Virigina and not only tore it up passing but could run all over defenses if given a chance.



"He set the NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,480 and the Big East mark for touchdowns with 103.
He also managed to break Marc Bulger's West Virginia record for career completion percentage, connecting on 64.8 percent of his passes."- Globe




Patriots are taking a good look at White who could go as soon as the 2nd round. They could use him as a 3rd QB, a WR and/or Kick Returner/Punt Returner.

We have seen guys like Randel el, Joshua Cribbs, Kordell Stewart and others move from QB to WR once they get into the NFL. Cribbs and Randel El have been in the top of the leaguein Kick Return Yards average the past couple years and are threats on the offensive side of the ball too. White could be could be the next guy to turn from QB college star to Playmaker in the NFL.

The Patriots have never really had a guy like that and I think that with the wealth of Draft Picks that the Patriots have they should reach out and get this guy. Imagine having the backfield of White, Maroney and Taylor with Randy Moss running a streak down the field and having to defend that. The only words I would have for that would be SHAM WOW!

Friday, April 3, 2009

You CUT to be kidding me: Cutler worth two 1st Rounders!


By: Greg


You have GOT to be kidding me! Jay Cutler is worth two first rounders, a third rounder and a decent QB and Matt Cassel is only worth ONE second rounder?

Something is wrong with this picture.

Lets see.......
  • Cutler has a sub .500 record, Cassel was 11-5.

  • Cutler is a punk, Cassel is not. You can not have a punk for a team leader.

  • They both have had the same caliber of weapons (Moss, Welker vs Brandon Marshall, Stokley and Royal).

  • Both had to be traded (Cutler was a baby and Cassel cost too much)

  • Jay Cutler has never won in College or in the NFL, Cassel is one year of playing won 11 games and showed comeback ability

  • Cutler had 7 more interceptions than Cassel

Overall you could say that these two quaterbacks are very similar in ability/value. Some say Cutler is better, some say Cassel is better.


But there is no way that Cutler is worth two first rounders, a third, a decent QB and Cassel is only worth 1 second rounder.


Well who/what is to blame?

  • Timing- The Patriots were too eager to trade Matt Cassel instead of waiting a few days/weeks to anaylze the best package for Cassel

  • Bill Bilichek- Blasphemy, I know- But maybe his loyalty to Pioli and his impatience might have cost the Patriots in this trade.

  • Money and Contracts- Maybe teams were afraid to give Cassel who is inexperienced big money that he was owed

By moving Cassel early we were able to sign multiple free agents. That being said...could they have waited at least a few days to make sure they were getting the best package.

But as always in Bill we trust. Maybe he will think about signing this Jay Cutler. Defensive lineman anyone?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hell of a job interview, Willie McGinest


By Rocky:

In NFL.com’s “Ask Willie” chat this question was posed:

"Willie, you hinted earlier on possibly ending your career with the Patriots. Can we assume that you are coming back to play this upcoming season and if so, where would you prefer to end your brilliant career? "

Willie McGinest, Linebacker

"All I can say is that it has to be the right team and the right situation, Parkar. And the Patriots are on that list. You are asking some good questions, why don't you call Robert Craft for me and get that deal done.
"

While we don’t count spelling or grammer (sic) on this blog but we’d know how to write our boss’s name correctly—it was on his paycheck for twelve seasons. In case you were wondering the person who posed the question was actually named “Parkar.” And by the way our boss’s name is Mr. Dumbass.



Then we saw this:

"Whats it like playing in three super bowls?"

Willie McGinest, Linebacker

"Undescribable.
"

Ha, we thought, it’s “indescribable!” Oh Willie, you are just like Alvin Mack in The Program. All football smarts…and then we actually looked up undescribable and Mr. Roget told us that we probably should have gotten public administration degrees at USC like Willie.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Let’s Call It Pats Puppy Love for Jason Taylor


By Rocky:

The Patriots seem to be employing junior high dating tactics in courting free agent Jason Taylor. Though we expected “playing hard to get” after reading this Boston Herald report we think Kraft is shoegazing. The ole’ “I think I’m going to ask her out? Do you think she’d go out with a guy like me?”

“I’m a great fan of his. He’s a special guy,” Kraft said of Taylor. “I think that’s true (it’s up to him, if he wants to become a Patriot).”

Taylor also seems cautiously smitten:

He said at his charity outing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “But it’s great to be wanted. It’s great to be wanted, sure. Especially an organization like (the Patriots) or the Dolphins.”

Take into account that he was quoted in Florida. In this example Taylor is the little hot blonde girl, the Patriots are us and Miami is the blonde’s ex-boyfriend. He gave the statement/gossip to Miami’s clique at school—Florida. We (the Patriots) are the cooler boy who believes in chivalry and paying for dinner but we can’t afford to take her (Taylor) any place that doesn’t have a dollar menu. Miami is the rich kid.

Perhaps in response to Kraft’s not-so-hidden message, Taylor also claimed he wasn’t looking to break the bank with this contract. “Everything is not about money, even in this day and age when everybody is looking for it,” Taylor said. “You want to be productive and be with the right team and help the situation. We’ll work it out and see where it is. You still get paid, but it’s not all about money.”

"Everything is not about money."! "You want to be with the right team."! I wasn’t the best at picking up prepubescent romantic cues, but I think Taylor’s best friend (agent Gary Wichard) might ask us to the Sadie Hawkins dance (2009 season). And there we’ll let him lead.



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