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Analyzing Athleticism: NFL 2015 WR Class

Monday, 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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Analyzing Athleticism: Should Pats Fans be Worried about the Jets Grabbing Mariota?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

 

Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

I’m baaaaaack! It’s been a long time since my last post, but it’s almost Draft day! I’m trying to shift my focus into more analytical work and his piece is in that vein. I have looked into this topic a lot lately and will have more to come soon, but since we’re nearing Thursday night I’ll keep it short and hopefully more relevant to the moment. We’ll be taking a look at athleticism and how to measure and quantify its impact on a prospect’s overall potential at the next level. Hint, its really tough. And if there’s too much text, skip to the pretty pictures! (more…)


CJ Sousa’s 2015 Patriots Specific Big Board

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

 

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The national holiday that is the NFL Draft is just around the corner.  If you’re anything like me, you have looked at 4,291 mock drafts, 782 big boards and filled out some countless mock drafts on your own.  Not because you are actually thinking that is how the real draft will go, as we know it takes just one trade to throw a whole entire mock draft off.

It’s kind of like the movie Jack Frost.  Snow dad is better than no dad.  Truly, fake NFL drafts are better than no NFL drafts.  Rest easy fans, the real deal is around the corner. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : New York Jets

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Darrelle Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

 

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

There may not be a more intriguing team to watch Thursday night then Gang Green. The Jets have filled some needs in Free Agency as they have been Busy Bees’ this offseason, I’m sure you may have heard.

Last season, New England left Free Agency big winners after Aqib Talib ditched as they acquired Darrelle Revis and later received a 2015 3rd round compensatory pick for the Talib departure. The move ultimately helped New England win a Super Bowl, and should land the Patriots a solid player in this middle-round stacked draft. This year after the Patriots didn’t pick up his team option, Revis bolted for the team who drafted him for a stunning five year $75 million contract with $39 million fully (not just injury) guaranteed. I would argue the big winner in this scenario isn’t the Jets, but Darrelle Revis himself.

The Jets have done much more than just acquire #24 however. (more…)


The Best Receiver You Don’t Know About

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

It could be the fact that he plays football in Pullman, Washington, where the normal national television audience misses most of his games.   It could be the fact that as recent as 2010 he was playing basketball for a community college.  Potentially, it’s because people view him as “a system guy”, whatever that means anymore. Combine these factors with the phenomenal depth of this wide receiver draft class, and it can be easy to see why Vince Mayle has not been receiving much attention. (more…)


The Curious Case of Dorial Green-Beckham

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Who exactly is Dorial Green-Beckham?

Who exactly is Dorial Green-Beckham?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

By now you know the name, however you probably don’t know the full story.  As one of the highest rated high school prospects ever, Dorial Green-Breckham was once a consensus 5 star recruit by every national rating service.  His physical ability is overwhelming.  If you were to create a wide receiver in Madden, you would probably create a player with a similar stature to Green-Beckham.  At 6’6 and 225 lbs, his frame alone is enough to beat most defensive backs. Add in the legitimate 4.40 speed with leaping ability, and we have a monster on our hands. (more…)


2015 Senior Bowl: South Practice Observations (Day Three)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Not only was Lyndon Trail making plays at OLB, he lined up at TE today.

Not only was Norfolk State’s Lyndon Trail making plays at OLB, he lined up at TE today.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After a lackluster practice on Wednesday, the action really picked up today. The Jaguars coaching staff orchestrated a competitive, intensity, and exciting practice session with a ton of 1-on-1 battles. The session even consisted of a player mimicking Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski after he scored a touchdown. As the competition ramped up, some players elevated their games, and some came up short. These are the observations from the final South Session.

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