29. New England Patriots — Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman: Some feel Hageman has fallen out of the first round, but coach Bill Belichick has a long history of taking big defensive linemen in the first round. Hageman’s motor may run hot and cold but at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, it’s worth a shot for a team with an old front.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Browns nab Sammy Watkins, Teddy Bridgewater - CBSSports.com

The Hageman bandwagon still running strong. This of course means the Pats will not take him.

It’s that time of the week again! What’s on your mind Pats pals? I finally feel pretty good talking about the draft prospect so if there are players you’re curious about, fire away. 

Also, check out my Patriots big board here for the top 50 guys I like and realistically could see them taking. 

New England is one of nine teams that added four or fewer veteran free agents since March 11, and of that group, only two didn’t qualify for last year’s playoffs.
Dobson, who led a host of Patriots rookie receivers with 519 yards in 2013, improved greatly before a foot injury put a damper on the end of his season, ultimately leading to surgery in March. The former second-round pick has the quickness to beat press coverage and an ability to make some spectacular catches, despite having relatively small hands. He can make adjustments on the ball and is a good blocker for a receiver. He’s got some special stuff about him. Projection for 2014: 75 catches, 1,100 yards, seven touchdowns.

Kenny Stills, Dee Milliner among players set for second-year step - NFL.com

I’ll sign up for that. What a season that would be for Dobson!

Yes, we are full-speed ahead this week on the draft with the posting of the big board and now this article for B/R. Tune into our podcast today for even more discussion!

We’re back on the podcast train this morning, getting into the draft. Listen in live!


Bill Belichick reacts to former #Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes prediction


Bill Belichick reacts to former #Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes prediction

who are you rooting for on offense and defense (besides collins)? i like thompkins and I think he has raw talent and he just needs to get the skills down. plus his background makes for a great story and he just seems like he would give football everything he's got. on defense, I'm rooting for Jones and Siliga in the middle. tighter coverage on the outside should give them a chance to make some more plays.

Not to avoid the question but I’m really rooting for everyone. These guys put in so much work, I am disappointed for anyone that it doesn’t work out for, for whatever the reasons.

The guys I think it’s critical for them to have a big season for the Pats to get to the Super Bowl are Collins, Dobson, Harmon, and really Gronkowski. Those guys have to be key contributors this year and if they’re not, then someone has to rise to the occasion and contribute in their projected role. 

Nothing against Thompkins, Boyce, Logan Ryan or anyone else. If those under-the-radar guys can make a leap then it will be great for the team. I’m sure they realize the pressure is on. Nothing is assured to anyone. If they don’t perform, they could be out of a job. 

Here it is, in all it’s anticlimactic glory:

Week 1: at Washington Redskins
Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: Carolina Panthers
Aug. 28: at New York Giants

I do like that they’ll face the Eagles. That will likely mean joint practices and a chance to face a unique and troublesome offense. Always good to stress your defense in the preseason like that.

The Week 3 game is often one where the starters play their most significant snaps. The Pats had a great game last year against the Panthers, so this should also be another good test.

And of course, the finale with the Giants in NY. I always just love seeing Elijah and friends.