Kiper gives Patriots 'A' in draft grades

Kiper gives Patriots 'A' in draft grades

If you want to have fun with draft grades, check out ours. If you want to see what the OG of draftniks has to say about how teams fared in Philadelphia, check out Mel Kiper Jr.’s. 

If you’re a Patriots fan, you’ll like what Kiper has to say. The longtime ESPN draft analyst gives New England an A for its work at the draft despite the Pats only making four selections. 

From Kiper:

Derek Rivers is a workout freak and ferocious pass-rusher who had 41 career sacks at Youngstown State. He would have been a contributor if he had played at Ohio State. Antonio Garcia required giving up their fourth-round pick in a trade up 11 spots, but he's a natural left tackle who started 42 collegiate games. He was my fifth-ranked tackle. If he's the Patriots' swing tackle backing up both Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon, that's an improvement. Deatrich Wise Jr., a versatile edge defender, continues the Patriots' Arkansas pipeline.

The Patriots traded several picks or surrendered them in restricted free agency as a means of adding the likes of Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy, Dwayne Allen, Mike Gillislee and James O’Shaughnessy. 

By taking only four players, the Pats had their smallest draft class in franchise history. 

The Patriots were one of only two teams to get an A from Kiper (the other being the Chargers), with New England getting the best mark in the AFC East. The Bills were right behind them with an A-, even though the team fired general manager Doug Whaley the day after the draft ended. The Jets got a B+ and the Dolphins were given a C+. 

Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirms.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...


Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

File Photo

Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.