Two For Tuesday: Edge Rusher Edition

February 20th, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

In the second installment of Two For Tuesday, Jeff takes a look at a couple of Edge Rushers that will probably be drafted somewhere between late round 1 and late round 2. If you are new to the site, Two For Tuesday is a segment where we look at two players who are similarly ranked at the same position. The object to this exercise is to get a feel for the players and to see if there might be a reason to prefer one prospect over the other. So which one of these two prospects do you prefer?

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Mock Draft Monday: No QB Addition

February 19th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken and Jeff Fidler

Everyone loves a mock draft. I know many of the our faithful readers here like to do them, so we thought it would be a good idea to start a new segment here on the site. Hence, Mock Draft Monday was born. Each week, Jeff and I will officially put out a new mock draft using different parameters so we can create different scenarios. We also hope that you all will get involved and create your own draft using the same set of parameters that we used. I know I look forward to seeing the differences in each persons idea of how to handle the weeks challenges. For our first Mock Draft Monday, we decided to use the scenario where the Patriots do not draft a QB of the future. Here is what both Jeff and I came up with taking this into account.

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Scouting Report: Marcus Davenport, DE

February 18th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Awhile back, I (Mike) did my scouting report on Marcus Davenport. At the time, Jeff was just a twinkle in my eye and so I thought it would be cool to get a second opinion on the same player. Today Jeff takes a look at a player that has become a very polarizing figure in this draft. His stock has risen and fallen more than a roller coaster at an amusement park. I will link my report from early December at the end of Jeff’s report if you are interested in reading what we saw the same and what we may have seen differently.

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Scouting Report: Darrel Williams, RB

February 14th, 2018

Can Williams be the guy to steal my heart and be the 3 down Runningback I have been looking for?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you have been to this website in the last year, you probably remember that I had what some might consider an unhealthy man crush on Kareem Hunt. I am totally fine with it, in fact, the fire still burns bright for him even though I am now surrounded by my friends who are Chiefs fans who love to rub it in that he is on their favorite team and not mine. Well, I am here to tell you today that for the first time since my love affair with Hunt started, I find my eyes wandering to another prospect. Now, there is always a special place in all of our hearts for our draft crushes, but I might be ready to move on. It only seems appropriate, that on Valentines day, that I express my love to my first draft crush of the 2018 class. Okay, maybe this is getting too creepy. In all seriousness, Williams is not a guy many are talking about because he just didn’t see much action, but when he did, oh boy, he flashed.

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Tuesday Two A Days: Auden Tate and Michael Gallup

February 13th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

While the draft may seem like it is still a long ways away, it will be here before you know it. That is why I (Mike) have decided to start a new segment here, which is Tuesday Two a Days. Jeff and I will be bringing you two reports on players that play the same position and similarly graded so you can get a feel for the similarities and differences of the two prospects. Hopefully this will give you a better understanding of each of them and help you make an informed decision on where and if the Patriots should take them. For our inaugeral Tuesday Two A Days, we look at two Wide Receivers.

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Scouting Report: Fred Warner, LB

February 12th, 2018

Is BYU the Linebacker U for the Patriots? It just might be if they add a 3rd LB from that school to their roster.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, I couldn’t let Jeff have all the fun and the kids actually went to bed on time tonight (knock on wood), so I am excited I found some time to sit down, bust out the notebook and see if I can decipher the chicken scratch that I have written down. I think most of us Patriots fans would agree that after the injury to Hightower, the Linebacker play was not great for most of the year. I thought Van Noy played well, but the rest of the group was a revolving door of back up and special teamers that just could not do the job efficiently or effectively. So, for my next few reports, I am going to focus on the position, and today, I will start with a player from a school that the Patriots are very familiar with when it comes to Linebackers.

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Scouting Report: Luke Falk, QB

February 11th, 2018

Is Luke Falk the long term answer at QB for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

Luke Falk  –  QB  –  6’4/220  –  Washington State

 

Background

  • From Logan, Utah. Went to Oak Christian & Logan High School after a move. Broke records for attp/comp SR year.
  • Walk on at Washington State & now holds several conference passing records.
  • Started emulating Tom Brady’s diet, training over the past few years.

 

Strengths

  • Prototype frame, 6’4/220 w/ room to add some weight/muscle. Could easily be 235.
  • Very good mechanics for the most part. Sturdy Base/Feet, quick, smooth release. Arm can hit 45-50 air yards.
  • At times good placement & very good accuracy. Can hit sidelines & m.o.f. w/ some anticipation. Can work both left & right sides of field.
  • Isn’t typical one read, air raid QB. Can go through minor progressions.
  • Takes craft very seriously. Always looking to get better in terms of strength training, mechanics.
  • Showed real toughness by playing most of last year w/ a broken wrist.
  • Coaches & White can’t say enough about him.
  • Put up tons of production & owns several conference passing records.

 

Concerns

  • Velocity isn’t there to make consistent passes to the intermediate/deep parts of the field.
  • Lived off of short stuff & checkdowns. 65% of his passes & yards came that way.
  • Very different player when moved off his spot & has to deal w/ pressure. Lobs too many throws off back foot when pressured. Inconsistent pocket presence. Clock has to move faster.
  • System – Falk’s weapons, mostly WR’S got tremendous spacing 2nd of the system the ran. Falk would often wait until his man was open, rather the throwing him open. How will he adjust to life under center? Different styles of play?
  • Average athlete. Doesn’t have the mobility to escape or manipulate a pocket.
  • Will often lock onto his 1st read too hard & advertise it.

 

Outlook

Falk has some really nice qualities about his him & his game but is a different QB under adverse circumstances. The ability to deal w/ pressure, deliver NFL passes off platform combined w/ a bad internal clock are all real issues that will get much more difficult w/ NFL athletes running around. At best Falk could run a west-coast, timing offense but has to get under w/ the right staff & team. He also has to continue to get stronger. Right now I have Falk as a 3rd-4th round pick.

 


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