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Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 3

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa 

Week 3 offers up three SEC tilts with an interesting late game in Los Angeles.  This prospect preview will save you the in-game googling and highlight the top NFL Draft prospects in each game.

#18 Auburn vs #13 LSU 3:30 CBS

Always one of my favorite games of the year.  Auburn survived the scare of all scares last week with an overtime win over FCS Jacksonville State, while LSU won in hostile Starkville by the skin of their teeth. I get it with Auburn, and although that game shouldn’t have been that close – there is something to be said for battling back to win when nothing is going right.  Should Jeremy Johnson be the Jeremy Johnson we all expected to see, Auburn could easily walk out of Baton Rouge with a victory. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 2

Friday, September 11th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

After getting your taste of meaningful Patriots’ football, it’s time to turn the page to this weekend as college football has some big games lined up (and distract you temporarily from the Dominique Easley injury).  Let’s dive into three non-conference match ups and a big time SEC tilt that should be on your television Saturday night.

#9 Notre Dame vs Virginia 3:30 ABC

Interesting mid-day game here.  Notre Dame comes off a big win vs Texas last weekend as Virginia was on the other end of the spectrum: completely outclassed by UCLA.  Virginia did some good things on the defensive side of the ball however, and combined with a friendly home field I expect this to be closer than expected.  (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 1

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

College Football is here (at last)! Opening weekend is full of cupcakes, unknowns, and major point spreads. However, these four games loaded with 2016 NFL Draft prospects will be worth your attention.

UNC vs South Carolina THURSDAY SEPT 3 ESPN 6:00 Charlotte, NC

In years past, UNC has been overwhelmed in this matchup – that won’t be the case Thursday. South Carolina is only returning 12 starters from last year’s 7-6 squad (maybe a good thing), and is a team I’m quite frankly not high on in ’15. Quarterback concerns, defensive worries, and relatively unknown faces in key positions – that describes South Carolina in a nut shell. I expect a shootout, and I’ll take the Tar Heels (+2) to win a close one. 34-30.

North Carolina Prospects

OG Landon Turner : Dominant in short spaces, struggles with flexibility in space. Great frame, but needs to work on technique. Shows good explosion at the point of attack.  Turner should have his way vs the Gamecocks. (more…)

2014 Non-All Americans Impacts Upcoming NFL Draft

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In case you haven’t been paying attention, college football is just over two weeks away.  The AP All America list every year always recognizes some of the biggest names in college football for outstanding excellence on the field. As the following list will tell, some pretty outstanding football players tend to be left off that list.  Let’s take a look at some non-2014 All Americans who could have a major impact on the 2016 Draft.

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

It’s easy to not pay attention to specific players on the Alabama Crimson Tide, especially those playing non-skill positions.  The casual fan just looks at those traditional Crimson jerseys, expect 11-12 wins, and go on with their day. A’Shawn Robinson is definitely a player to keep your eye on as a potential top 5 pick.  (more…)

NEPD Fantasy Football Rookie Preview

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Two of these rookies can help you win your fantasy championship.

Two of these rookies can help you win your fantasy championship.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

You followed them through their college careers.  You magnified, criticized, and fell in love with some during the draft process.  It’s now time to see which rookies can help you win your all-important Fantasy Football championship.

Odell Beckham Jr. brought awareness to the ‘Rookies are People Too’ campaign for fantasy owners last season, however OB3 wasn’t the first rookie to lead owners nationwide to cyber championships.

I am still celebrating my 2005 Fantasy Football championship, which was only possible due to a rookie running back out of Auburn – Cadillac Williams. (more…)

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.


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…)

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