Wrapping up the 2015 draft class.

May 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for the Patriots and their fans.  The team made a surprising 11 picks in the draft, but those players have been overshadowed by the Deflategate controversy and everything that has come with it.  I won’t go into my particular feelings on Deflategate here, but I will say that I do think the NFL went way too far on their punishment.  I have posted a couple of articles on a few of the draft picks already, but I wanted to recap the rest of the class before moving on to the 2016 class.  Here are my thoughts on the Patriots draft selections in the 2015 NFL draft.

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Eyes On the Competition : AFC East

May 21st, 2015

 

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re tired of reading about the dreaded ‘deflategate’ and how New England cuts another cornerback once a week, you have come to the right place.  Eyes On The Competition returns post-draft to breakdown the AFC East, and how things could wind up next year after the draft makeover.

The Tom Brady suspension is still up in the air, but it is safe to assume he will at least miss SOME time.  One game?  Two games?  Personally that’s how I think it will fall.  But who knows, four games is still in play with Captain Touchback hearing the appeal. Read the rest of this entry »


Analyzing Athleticism: NFL 2015 WR Class

May 18th, 2015
Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine and earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

Nowadays analytics and statistics are part of the vernacular teams and even fans use to discuss sports. Finally numbers have been given the attention they deserve, although some (hey Charles Barkley!) are very skeptical. To me, all analytics do is provide data. That’s it. Numbers on a page mean nothing, it’s all about the context and application of those numbers. This article is by no means as sophisticated, statistically speaking, as I’d like but until I get the requisite training to do more advanced work, I’ll do what I can. Hopefully this will be insightful or at least interesting enough to get you thinking about how we can effectively data from the Combine to help evaluate prospects. Maybe the answer is the entire process is overblown. Maybe the current battery of drills are ineffective at delineating anything significant. Maybe we don’t look for the right attributes. Or maybe, we are given a wealth of data that can be used in some small way to inform our decisions. Maybe.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Geneo Grissom, DE/LB

May 6th, 2015
In the 3rd round, the Patriots added another versatile player in Grissom

In the 3rd round, the Patriots added another versatile player in Grissom

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back with the second installment of the post draft scouting reports. Grissom was a player I watched very late in the process and my viewing of him was limited.  What I saw was enough for me to put him on my final big board.  Now that he is officially a Patriot, I went back as much tape on him as I could find. Here are my thoughts on Grissom.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Matthew Wells, LB/S

May 5th, 2015
A virtual unknown to the draft community, Wells could be exactly what the Patriots needed and I wanted for their Linebacker corp.

A virtual unknown to the draft community, Wells could be exactly what the Patriots needed and I wanted for their Linebacker corp.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The draft has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the scouting stops.  Over the next several days, I will be doing post draft reports on all the newest Patriots players.  Today, I chose Matthew Wells. I chose him because he was the one player I knew nothing about.  Here I had done all this research on all these players, and this is a guy that never even made a blip on my radar.  I don’t feel too bad though, even the most hardcore draftniks had little to no information on the newest Patriot.  If you looked at my Big Board and mock just before the draft, you will have seen that I was a proponent of drafting Shaq Thompson in the 1st round of last Thursdays draft. He was not my highest rated player, but I assumed (correctly) that there would be a run on Corners as well as a few players from other positions. In my analysis, I thought Belichick and his staff would have fun with Thompson’s versatility.  It turned out the Panthers thought the same thing and took him before the Patriots would have a chance to draft him. Little did I, or anyone, really know that there was another player with a similar skill set that could be had 5 rounds later.  I am not saying Wells is Thompson, but there is no denying the similarities in their games. I did some investigating and watched a bunch of Mississippi St. games and here is what I came up with on Wells.

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2015 NFL Draft Awards Show

May 4th, 2015
Who's taking home the all important cyber hardware?!

Who’s taking home the all important cyber hardware?!

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Are you tired of winners / losers NFL Draft columns? I know I am, and I also know I will probably write one up at some point soon.  Nonetheless, let’s hand out some cyber hardware for the 2015 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection

May 3rd, 2015

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

After picking up 16 rookies in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Patriots are going to have some stiff competition to make their 53-man roster.

Here is my initial projection.

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