Scouting Report: Ty Sambrailo, OT/OG

December 17th, 2014
Could Ty Sambrailo be a good fit for the Patriots along the offensive line?

Could Ty Sambrailo be a good fit for the Patriots along the offensive line?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Another season, and another AFC East championship.  The Patriots have much loftier goals though, and in order to achieve them, they need to find a cure for their offensive line struggles.  There has been inconsistent play all across the line, but the left side (at both guard and tackle) is where we see a majority of the protection issues. This brings me to today’s prospect, a player who has played multiple positions on the offensive line.  Is he a good fit?  Let’s find out.

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Bill Belichick: Dual Threat as GM and Coach

December 14th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell 

I’ll admit it, I was wrong. Early on in the year, it appeared as though Bill Belichick’s duties as GM had put the New England Patriots’ season at risk. However, after a few shrewd moves, Belichick has the team back on track and primed for a Super Bowl run. With risk comes reward, and while the Patriots in-season moves were not guaranteed to work out, they’ve provided the team with a lift.

At the beginning of the season the Patriots were painfully thin at linebacker, and when Jerod Mayo went down in Week 6, that need bordered on crisis. However, as the Patriots have proved time and time again, it was next man up, and Dont’a Hightower rose to the challenge and hasn’t looked back.

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Scouting Report: Tony Lippett, WR

December 10th, 2014
Could Wide Receiver be in play for the Patriots come draft time?

Could Wide Receiver be in play for the Patriots come draft time?\

NEPD Staff Writer:Mike Gerken

For years, Patriots fans, including me, have clamored for a big play wide receiver to compliment their smaller quicker guys.  Lafell has been a nice addition to the receiving corp this year and Edelman has turned into a go-to slot receiver, but the position has little else to show in terms of production.  Free agent signee Danny Amendola has been a major disappointment as well as recent draft picks Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson.  All three could be out the door by the time the draft roles around and once again the Patriots may look to overhaul the position.  If that is the case, is Tony Lippett a possibility? Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Quinten Rollins, CB

December 5th, 2014
Can this former basketball player turned corner make it in the NFL?

Can this former basketball player turned corner make it in the NFL?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Green Bay game this past Sunday was an eye opener.  I tweeted after the game that the inability of the Patriots to draft/develop corners could be their Achilles heal.  The list of names that the Patriots have drafted with high picks in the secondary that have not worked out is too long to list here.  Revis and Browner have played well and Arrington does fine in the slot, but the others have really struggled.  If Revis leaves after this season, there will be a huge hole to fill at the corner position, so I decided to look at one of the lesser known names that could rise up draft boards fast with a good all-star game and combine. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday Slate: Conference Championship Week

December 5th, 2014
Marcus Mariota looks to clinch Oregon's playoff ticket, as well as his Heisman Trophy.

Marcus Mariota looks to clinch Oregon’s playoff ticket, as well as his Heisman Trophy.

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

You wait all year, and just like that it’s gone. Another full college football regular season has passed us by, and what a season it was. But no time for reminiscing, we’ll save that for February…or next week. Nonetheless, there’s a huge slate of games on Conference Championship Saturday in college football which will effect who ultimately plays in the four team college football playoff. Let’s quickly highlight where the committee has the top teams ranked in the country.

#1 Alabama – up next #16 Missouri: No brainer here. Alabama has proven all year long that they in fact are the best team in the country with their lone loss coming on the road at then undefeated Ole Miss. The Tide is loaded with NFL prospects, and should hear at least two names come off the board in the top 10 next spring (Amari Cooper & Landon Collins). Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: T.J. Clemmings

December 1st, 2014
A virtual unknown coming into the season, Clemmings has rocketed up draft boards with his strong play this year.

A virtual unknown coming into the season, Clemmings has rocketed up draft boards with his strong play this year.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

What do you do when it is freezing outside and gets dark by 4:30 in the afternoon? If you ask me, it is a fantastic excuse to sit down in front of the computer and watch a few hours of offensive line film, so I decided to check out T.J. Clemmings. He was not a name on my radar in the early part of the season, but the buzz kept building and now I know why. Here’s my take (both good and bad) from the film that I watched. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report, Zach Hodges, DE/OLB

November 30th, 2014
Hodges is a small school prospect with big time talent.

Hodges is a small school prospect with big time talent.

 

NEPD Staff Writer:Mike Gerken

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and the college football regular season is coming to an end too. Sure we have a few games left, but teams are transitioning to their conference championship games as well as gearing up for bowl season.  This is the time when draftniks start getting busy as well. We’re getting to the point where we can start digging in and combing through hours of tape that we were not able to get through during the weekly grind of the regular season . One guy I have been excited to watch is Harvard’s Zach Hodges and here is what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »







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