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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The Super Bowl Is Finally Here!!!!!

February 5th, 2017

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

After two long weeks that felt like two months, we have finally made it to Super Bowl Sunday. We have been so blessed as Patriots fans to get to experience this multiple times over the past decade and a half. For me personally, it never gets easier. I try to tell myself that these silly little rituals that I do have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome of tonight’s game, but here I sit, in the same pants, T-shirt and smelly old sweatshirt I have been wearing for years. I put my five year old son in the same outfit he was wearing two weeks ago for the AFC Championship game as well. I know it is ridiculous but I just cannot stop myself from doing it. One of my best friends is a Falcon’s fan and as much joy as I know he would feel seeing his team win today, I really hope that he will bathe in his tears of sorrow when the Patriots once again hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Is that wrong of me? Am I being greedy? Frankly, I don’t think so and I would guess every other fan of every other team would want ONE MORE. LET’S GO PATS!!!!!

 

 


Scouting Report: Adam Shaheen, TE

February 1st, 2017

Adam Shaheen may be unknown right now, but this small school prospect has big time talent and could go much sooner in the draft than many think.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

When you are dealing with a massive head cold and your 5 month old son has decided that sleep is not really important to him, it can be tough to accomplish a whole lot in a day. Despite being sleep deprived and my head feeling like it is being squeezed in a vice, I was excited to get up today and write this report. Today’s prospect is a virtual unknown….for now. Once he gets a chance to showcase his skills, he will be rising up draft boards. Today we go to Division II for a Tight End prospect I think has a bright future in the NFL.

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