Found April 30, 2012 on Foxboro Blog:
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 at the seven-member draft class. 1. Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse (1st round, 21st overall): During my interview with ESPN/Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson early last week, he brought up Jones as a guy the Patriots would really be interested in. Turns out Williamson was spot on, as Belichick executed a trade up from pick 27 to 21 to select the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder. The lengthy defensive end has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul for his raw athleticism, although I’d argue he isn’t as explosive or quick as the Giants Pro Bowler. However, Jones’ game tape reveals incredible upside because of his hand usage, shedding ability and pass-rush ability. The younger b...

Was Chandler Jones a good pick for the Patriots? (by Lily Zhao)

Was Chandler Jones a good pick for the Patriots? (by Lily Zhao)

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New England Patriots Re-Sign Gerard Warren.

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick always talks about how the many ways to build an NFL team. There’s the Draft, free agency, waivers, trades, undrafted free agency, etc. As we all know the 2012 NFL Draft took center stage last weekend, yet just days after the drafts completion, Belichick is back to work building a roster, as the Patriots have re-signed defensive tackle...

Jonathan Fanene's Samoan Heritage Helped Him Become Hardworking Player Who Will Be Popular With Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. -- It took five words for Jonathan Fanene to describe why he'll be so respected in New England. The defensive lineman, who signed a three-year deal with the Patriots in March, was asked Tuesday about his native American Samoa, which has produced a number of successful NFL players. Point blank: How does such a small island send so many solid players to the NFL?...

Rugby Star Gets Drafted by the New England Patriots

Despite the seeming similarities between the two sports, there isn't very much cross-over between the athletes who play football and rugby. Newly drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round, Nate Ebner of Ohio State University is hoping to be a trendsetter. A newcomer to football, Ebner had been playing rugby at a high level for years, earning the MVP for the US National...

Patriots have a second dynasty defense in the making

The biggest focus of my last five years of blogging about the Patriots has been Bill...

Nate Ebner Earns 'Leonidas' Nickname, Dubbed Ohio State's Most Valuable Player for Strong Work Ethic

The legend of Nate Ebner is consuming all of New England. The Patriots' sixth-round draft pick was initially met with the lice effect, as many in the NFL universe scratched their heads while trying to figure out Ebner's deal. He was listed as an Ohio State safety, but he only played three snaps on defense last season. And his biography had more impressive details about his...

Video: Chandler Jones Drafted by the Patriots

Video of Syracuse DE Chandler Jones getting the call to tell him he’s been drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Ravens coach John Haurbaugh apologizes for slamming Patriots

As news quickly spread in regards to his comments on the New England Patriots Super Bowls being “stained,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh has come forward to issue an apology to quell the masses. Please click the link below to read this story and watch video of former Patriot Tedy Bruchi commenting on Harbaugh's previous statements.

Patriots Should Reunite With Jabar Gaffney to Intensify Training Camp Competition Among Wide Receivers

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided earlier this offseason that he'd set up a tremendous training camp competition at the wide receiver position. It's time to throw another one into the ring. The Redskins have reportedly released Jabar Gaffney, who was the ultimate role player for the Patriots from 2006-08. He could fit that exact mold again in 2012...

Patriots Undrafted Free Agents Review

By Chris Warner New England entered the draft needing defensive help and went after it, snatching pass-rushers (Chandler Jones, Dont’a  Hightower and Jake Bequette, oh my!) plus defensive backs (Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, Alfonzo Dennard) before snagging a receiver (Jeremy Ebert) in Round Seven. That late focus on offense continued post-draft, as the Patriots invited two offensive...

Patriots CB No. 15 Alfonzo Dennard vs Wisconsin and Ohio State...

Patriots CB No. 15 Alfonzo Dennard vs Wisconsin and Ohio State 2011 (by mathew40)

Patriots get defensive in 2012 draft

Watching his defense let two Super Bowls slip away was enough for Bill Belichick. The 2012 draft was set for adding some playmakers and the Patriots followed through. 6 of 7 picks were used on the defensive side of the ball. The Patriots obviously felt this was the time to get some skill players earlier than normal. Chandler Jones is a huge defensive end who could be converted...
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