Giving Thanks, Patriots Style

November 26th, 2015

Patriots fans have more to be thankful about than just 10-0.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

I can’t think of many holidays that beat Thanksgiving.  Food, family and football.  The only thing missing this year is a Patriots’ thrashing of the Lions at Ford Field.

Since we can’t watch the Patriots this Thanksgiving, let’s look at some Patriots to be thankful for who have played vital parts to a 10-0 start. Read the rest of this entry »

Primetime Prospects to Watch : Week 11

November 12th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Not all that interested in Bills/Jets Thursday Night Football?  Or just want to get a jump on the weekend?  No matter the case, NEPD has your viewers’ guide for the key prospects to watch in the prime time match ups, as well as a quick stock check on prospects moving up and down the draft board.

Who’s Up:

Entire Alabama Front 7: I’m kind of kidding here, kind of not.  Alabama has dominated all season long led by DT’s A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed.  Last Saturday night, LSU got a front row seat.   The defensive front bottled up Leonard Fournette all game long, embarrassing a talent laden LSU offensive line along the way.  Robinson, Reed, DE Jonathan Allen and ILB Reggie Ragland all stood out all game long.

Alabama RB Derrick Henry: Henry’s draft stock is really catching steam.  Alabama rode Henry to the Promised Land last week by the tune of  38 carries, 210 yards and 3 touchdowns.  A physical specimen who can carry the load for four quarters, I believe Henry could be productive on a NFL roster today. Read the rest of this entry »

Scouting Report: KeiVarae Russell, CB

November 12th, 2015
Is Russell a guy the Patriots could take to bolster their CB group?

Is Russell a guy the Patriots could take to bolster their CB group?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back again with another player breakdown.  If you have read any of my previous reports (shame on you if you have not) you can see that I have concentrated on the Cornerback position so far this season.  The Patriots have held up okay at the position so far, but this weekend will be the first real test since week 1.  Regardless of how the game against the Giants goes or the rest of the season for that matter, corner is a position that will need to be addressed. With that said, here is my thoughts on KeiVarae Russell out of Notre Dame. Read the rest of this entry »

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 10

November 5th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Week 10 marked the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings.  All week there has been banter back and forth consisting of people like my father screaming about how the Big 12 was left off yet again.  Here’s the fact of it all: it doesn’t matter – not even a little bit.

Consider this: On October 28th of last season the first college football rankings were released.  Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss rounded out the list.  As you know, only one of those teams advanced to the actual playoff (Florida State).

The committee released the following: 1) Clemson, 2) LSU, 3) Ohio State and 4) Alabama.  I had the exact same four, just in a different order (1)LSU, 2) Ohio State, 3) Clemson, 4) Alabama). Read the rest of this entry »

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 9

October 29th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Every week is important, but no month is more important in the college football season than November.  With that in mind, let’s look at who’s been our biggest movers up and down the draft board thus far.

Who’s Up:

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis:  Let’s start with Lynch.  He’s gone from just “another guy” to potentially “the guy”.  We knew he had the physical attributes, but we didn’t know he would develop so quickly.  He is far from a finished product, but his raw physical attributes, impressive size and surprising accuracy on his throws has entered him into the conversation for first quarterback off the board.

Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor: One of my overall favorite players in the country.  Billings has easily been the most dominant player along the Baylor defensive front all season long.  Easily tosses offensive linemen out of his way, as he also has great technique and keeps his pad level down.  He has thrown his name into day one consideration as of this moment.

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor:  If James Jones is a ‘touchdown machine’ for the Packers, Coleman is a touchdown guarantee for Baylor. Read the rest of this entry »

Scouting Report: Kyle Murphy, OT

October 26th, 2015
The Patriots could look at Tackle in the next draft. Is Murphy a guy who they could target?

The Patriots could look at Tackle in the next draft. Is Murphy a guy who they could target?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Did you miss me? I know it has been awhile since I have posted a scouting report, but I am back now and hopefully on a regular basis. This nice fall weather has meant less time in front of the TV and more time working. Where are my priorities? I have been watching games however and the notebook is filling up, so now I just have to get it in written form.  I took a break from corners to focus on another position I think will be a priority for the Patriots come draft day and that is Offensive Tackle.

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Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 8

October 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re looking for major intrigue between powerhouse schools, Week 8 isn’t for you. However that doesn’t mean the NFL Draft evaluators are taking a week off, and neither are the prospects. Some college football is better than no college football, right? Let’s take a look at the matchups I will be playing closest attention to this Saturday.

Iowa State vs #2 Baylor 12:00 ESPN

No, I don’t believe this will be much of a contest. But thanks to a prospect filled Baylor Bears’ roster card this noon game is worth tuning into. In case you haven’t heard, arguably the best story in college football Baylor WR Corey Coleman has absolutely set the world on fire and looks to continue that vs Iowa State. Read the rest of this entry »

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