Scouting Report: Max Valles, DE/OLB

March 5th, 2015
Could the "other" Virginia edge player be a better option for the Patriots?

Could the “other” Virginia edge player be a better option for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think most of us are aware Virginia’s star edge rusher Eli Harold.  But what about Max Valles, his counterpart on the other side?  Together, these two created all sorts of problems for opposing teams. Harold may be the more polished player and the bigger name of the two, but Valles has an interesting skillset of his own. Lets take a look at his game a little closer. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Mock 2.0

March 1st, 2015
Cameron Erving would fill a big need and the connections are obvious.

Cameron Erving would fill a huge need and the connections are obvious.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The NFL Combine wrapped up last week giving us a little more clarity and a lot more data when it comes to projecting potential draft picks. Even though a major mile marker is in the rear-view mirror there are sill two months remaining until the draft begins April 30th. With teams and prospects jet-setting around the country to get acquainted with each other draft boards and projections will change. As we sit today, 2 months out from the draft and roughly a week and a half away from the start of Free Agency here is what the New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft Class could look like.

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Scouting Report: Henry Anderson, DE

March 1st, 2015
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Henry Anderson has good size, but is he a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I continue my look at potential players the Patriots may look to draft along the defensive line. Today, my focus turns to Stanford defensive end Henry Anderson. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Arik Armstead, DE

February 27th, 2015
Is this freakish athlete a good fit for the Patriots?

Armstead has rare physical traits, but does that make him a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Arik Armstead has been a guy on my list to watch for some time now.  His name has popped up in many conversations I have had with draftniks and Patriots fans, so I thought now is as good of time as any to finally get to his tape.  On paper, his measurables jump off the page and it is hard not to get excited to see what this kid can do.  The question is, does it translate to the field. Read on to get my opinion on this polarizing prospect. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Preston Smith, DL

February 24th, 2015
Could Smith be a defensive lineman on the Patriots radar?

Could Smith be a defensive lineman on the Patriots radar?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you are reading this, it probably means you love football, or me (hi mom!) That means you were probably glued to the TV to watch the NFL combine over the past several days.  It really is a sickness when you get excited to watch guys running, jumping, and doing various drills to see if someone will catch your eye or they do something to confirm what you saw when watching them actually playing in games.  There were some unexpected results, both good and bad, but for the most part, we saw players do what they were supposed to do.  One guy I had heard of, but had not watched, was Preston Smith, and his numbers were intriguing, so I decided to give him a look and see if he could be on the Patriots radar. Here is what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 Patriots Draft Contacts

February 22nd, 2015

The Patriots have had Pre-Draft Contact with the following 2015 NFL Draft Prospects:

PW – Private Workout
PDW – Pro Day Workout
OV – Official Visit
CI – Combine Interview
U – Unconfirmed Contact (Interview, Workout, Etc…)

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The Best Receiver You Don’t Know About

February 19th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

It could be the fact that he plays football in Pullman, Washington, where the normal national television audience misses most of his games.   It could be the fact that as recent as 2010 he was playing basketball for a community college.  Potentially, it’s because people view him as “a system guy”, whatever that means anymore. Combine these factors with the phenomenal depth of this wide receiver draft class, and it can be easy to see why Vince Mayle has not been receiving much attention. Read the rest of this entry »







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