Scouting Report: Joe Mathis, DE/OLB

February 24th, 2017
In a deep DE class, this lesser known player may be the best value come draft day.

In a deep DE class, this lesser known player may be the best value come draft day.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Despite no actual football games being played, this is a very exciting time of year for football fans. Next week, the Scouting Combine starts up. This will be the last time we get a public view of the draft prospects before we see them in NFL camps. Inevitably, there will be some players that fans fall in and out of love with because of their performance in the “underwear olympics.” Right on the heels of the Combine will be the start of free agency which will help answer some of the questions about what the Patriots still need and might target in the NFL Draft. One position the Patriots will need to address before next season is Defense End. This might be in the form of a pass rushing edge player or a hybrid type player to be the successor to Rob Ninkovich. Maybe they can find a guy that can do both. That is where today’s scouting report comes in.

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Scouting Report: Tre’Davious White (take #2)

February 22nd, 2017
Have my thoughts changed on White since I originally wrote this report over a year ago?

Have my thoughts changed on White since I originally wrote this report over a year ago?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

***Edit***

So, what you are looking at below is the scouting report I wrote for Tre’Davious White on October 8th of last year. I watched him and loved his game and made the mistake of assuming that he would declare early and be in last year’s draft class. We all know what happens when you assume something. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at what I wrote then and in bold will be any updated thoughts I have on him. I wish I was more computer literate to do this a little cleaner, but this is the best I could come up with. So, on that note: here is my scouting report on Tre’Davious White….again.

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Scouting Report: Chris Wormley, DE/DT

February 17th, 2017
The Patriots have tried to draft a smaller, disruptive type DT in the past with not much success, but Wormley may be the next guy in line to try and fill that role.

The Patriots have tried to draft a smaller, disruptive type DT in the past with not much success, but Wormley may be the next guy in line to try and fill that role.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As I was going through my green notebook with all my notes on this years prospects, I was struggling with who I wanted to write about next. Then I saw on the QB thread a few posts come up about Chris Wromley and went back to see what I had on him. I had scouted him over the summer but had not watched anything from this year, so I sat down and went through 4 of Michigan’s games I had on the DVR.  Here is what I came away with after studying him a little closer.

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Ranking The Quarterbacks

February 16th, 2017
If the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo, will they draft another QB early and is there a QB in this class worth doing so?

If the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo, will they draft another QB early and is there a QB in this class worth doing so?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I thought I would deviate from the scouting reports today and pull the curtain back on how I have ranked some of these players by position. I will do this periodically throughout the draft season, but today I thought I would start with the most important position on the field, but probably not the highest priority for the Patriots come April.  Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Marlon Mack, RB

February 13th, 2017
Can this former USF Bull be a Bull in the NFL at the Running Back position?

Can this former USF Bull be a Bull in the NFL at the Running Back position?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I promise I am not just watching Running Backs, it just seems that way. In all seriousness, this was the one position I focused on during the season, so I have detailed notes and more game film study on this position than any other. I will be bouncing around to more positions as I finish up some of these other groups, but for now, here is one more Running Back that just might be on the Patriots radar.

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Scouting Report: Brian Hill, RB

February 9th, 2017
If the Patriots decide to wait on RB, Hill might be a prospect they target.

If the Patriots decide to wait on RB, Hill might be a prospect they target.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Going into the 2016 season, I was uneasy with the Patriots situation at Running Back, and nothing happened throughout the season to change my mind. I am not talking about James White and Dion Lewis here. While technically they are Running Backs, their role is defined much differently than that of LeGarrette Blount’s role. I have gone on record several times about my displeasure with Blount’s running style and productivity. The one Achilles heal for the Patriots offense is the ability to run the ball on a consistent basis. My hope is that the team drafts a back who can come in and take some of the burden off of Tom Brady’s right arm (*cough Kareem Hunt cough.*) Since I probably have jinxed any hope of my binkie becoming a Patriot, I thought I better keep an eye out for some other between the tackle runners who might be able to replace Blount.

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Scouting Report, Damontae Kazee, CB

February 8th, 2017
If the Patriots decide to draft a Corner in the Draft, Kazee might be a good fit for the Patriots.

If the Patriots decide to draft a Corner in the Draft, Kazee might be a good fit for the Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Man, it is too bad these Super Bowls have to be so boring. I mean, the Patriots even covered the spread, which is never the case. In all seriousness, it has taken me two days to come down from that emotional roller coaster. I went from anger, to sadness, to acceptance, to nervousness, to hope, to disbelief to jubilation all within one half of football. I woke up Monday morning still in disbelief and had to check the box score one more time. I have to give a shout out to one of my best friends, Kaufman. He is not a Patriots fan (Bear’s fan sadly) but he texted me throughout that game with nothing but positive thoughts that helped me keep a sliver of hope alive. I also want to tell my other good friend Evanson, who is a die hard Falcon fan, that I truly feel bad for him. Not that his team lost, that I happy for, but for the pain he must be feeling for how that game unfolded. Despite the good fortune of winning FIVE Super Bowls, we have endured some loses as well, and that pain is real and it takes awhile to get over. Hang in there buddy, maybe next year (unless they play the Patriots again. ) Now, back to football. As Belichick said on Monday, the team is five weeks behind on the 2017 season. I too am behind and trying desperately to get caught up on these prospects, so today, I break down a corner that caught my attention at the Senior Bowl.

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