Patriots Football 2017: Draft Picks, NFL News Preview

Patriots Football 2017 Draft Picks, NFL News Preview. As the NFL Draft was getting underway in Philadelphia on April 27, a former Salem High School quarterback turned author and local sports agent was enjoying an event some 300 miles away that he expects to be the start of a wonderful tradition.

Three years ago, Sean Stellato published “No Backing Down,” a depiction of the 1994 Salem football team and the circumstances surrounding its unlikely run to the state finals. But on April 27, Stellato was joined by hundreds of New England Patriots fans and several members of the 2017 Super Bowl champion Patriots at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton.

While publicized as an NFL Draft Party, the evening had a deeper meaning to the man who spearheaded its organization.

“It’s a very gratifying feeling,” said Stellato, “to be able to bring the world champions into such a great resort for such a great cause. I pride myself on civic work, and this is a great kickoff to a very exciting start of the NFL season.

Patriots Football 2017

Patriots Football 2017

DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown St.

Round 3, Pick 19 (83) (from Titans)

Paul Perillo, Patriots Football Weekly

The 6-4, 248-pounder fills what many believed to be one of the team’s rare needs as a pass rusher, and his speed could be welcome addition on the edge if he develops.

Coming from an FCS school, Rivers is far from a finished product but he has a couple of factors working in his favor.  First, his coach with the Penguins was Bo Pelini, the former Nebraska boss who spent nine years in the NFL including three as linebackers coach with the Patriots from 1997-99 under Pete Carroll. Belichick has a good relationship with Pelini and that background surely helped in his evaluation, and having an experienced NFL coach certainly helped Rivers with his development. Rivers also performed well at the Senior Bowl, which allowed talent evaluators to assess his abilities against solid competition.

OT Antonio Garcia, Troy

Round 3, Pick 21 (85) (From Lions)

Paul Perillo, Patriots Football Weekly

Garcia is considered to be quite gifted physically but a bit raw, which is fine for New England since Belichick likely doesn’t plan to have him on the field in 2017.”

But starting left tackle Nate Solder is entering the final year of his contract and the Patriots could be in the market for a replacement. Belichick has selected the heir apparent at that position a year early in the past. In fact, he did so in 2011 with Solder himself, who was taken 17th overall a year before mainstay Matt Light retired.

DE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas

Round 4, Pick 25 (131) (From Seattle)


Bill Belichick loves versatility on his defense and Wise brings that to the defensive line. He has some upside as a low end starter and should find his way into the rotation early in his career.

OT Conor McDermott, UCLA

Round 6, Pick 28 (211) (From Cowboys)


Legendary Patriots’ offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is the type of coach that develops late-round guys with McDermott’s natural mobility and turns them into contributors, if not starters down the line.

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