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32 Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2015 Senior Bowl

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
LSU OT La'El Collins might be the best prospect in the Senior Bowl.

LSU OT La’El Collins might be the best prospect in the Senior Bowl.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2015 Senior Bowl kicks off Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama signaling the official start to NFL Draft Season and I’ll be down there providing as much coverage as possible. As is the case every year, this game and week of practice is loaded with future NFL starters. All 32 NFL teams will migrate to Southern Alabama in hopes of finding the next Russell Wilson, Jamie Collins, or Kyle Long.

This game only invites the cream of the crop to participate in the festivities, meaning that every player that shows up has a legitimate shot to make a name for themselves in the NFL. Here are 32 prospects in particular I’ll be keeping a close eye on next week in Mobile.

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National Championship Prospect Preview

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Can newcomer Cardale Jones out-gun the Heisman winner?

Can newcomer Cardale Jones out-gun the Heisman winner?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Oregon.  Ohio State.  Truly pioneers of the collegiate national championship.  As the world was approaching a devastating second World War, Oregon and Ohio State were set to make a different kind of history.  The two schools met in the 1939 National Championship game in the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament (NABC at the time).  In front of a crowd of just over 15,000 people, Oregon prevailed over the Buckeyes 46-33.

Now, will a basketball game played 75 years ago impact what happens in Jerry World Monday night? Probably not. Nonetheless it is extremely ironic as the same two schools will meet in the first ever National Championship game in the playoff era. (more…)


New Years Day Preview: College Prospects to Watch

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
All eyes will be on the Heisman winners New Years Day

All eyes will be on the Heisman winners New Years Day

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

College. Football. Playoffs.  Those are three words that by themselves hold much meaning to many Americans.  Putting them all in one phrase  was considered impossible and mind blowing in the past.  Now this is a reality, and that reality is just a few days away.  However unlike the NFL playoffs, there will be meaningful post-season football that does not include playoff games.  Let’s dive into prospects to be looking out for in these crucial games during your boring family New Years Day party. (more…)


2014-15 Draft Prospect All-Underrated Team

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

 

Vince Mayle leads the All-Underrated team while carrying his Cougars in 2014 with 106 catches, 1483 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Vince Mayle leads the All-Underrated team while carrying his Cougars in 2014 with 106 catches, 1483 yards and 9 touchdowns.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

As the regular season ends and bowl preparations are in full swing, it would seem to me certain player are being over looked heading into the offseason.  The All-America and All-Conference title is a prestigious honor.  It represents a season of hard work and capitalizing on opportunities.  But every year, certain guys fall through the cracks. Let’s see who makes the 2014-15 Draft Prospect All-Underrated team.

QB: Sean Mannion, Oregon State:  A pro-style passer with an easy natural throwing motion, Mannion hasn’t had the senior campaign he would have liked (15 TDs, 8 Int).  However if you can look past his horrendous offensive line, one would see a NFL arm with great touch.  He needs to improve his anticipation of throws as well as his overall accuracy.  However given the right situation, I think Mannion could develop into a player who could potentially start down the road. (more…)


Saturday Slate: Conference Championship Week

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Marcus Mariota looks to clinch Oregon's playoff ticket, as well as his Heisman Trophy.

Marcus Mariota looks to clinch Oregon’s playoff ticket, as well as his Heisman Trophy.

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

You wait all year, and just like that it’s gone. Another full college football regular season has passed us by, and what a season it was. But no time for reminiscing, we’ll save that for February…or next week. Nonetheless, there’s a huge slate of games on Conference Championship Saturday in college football which will effect who ultimately plays in the four team college football playoff. Let’s quickly highlight where the committee has the top teams ranked in the country.

#1 Alabama – up next #16 Missouri: No brainer here. Alabama has proven all year long that they in fact are the best team in the country with their lone loss coming on the road at then undefeated Ole Miss. The Tide is loaded with NFL prospects, and should hear at least two names come off the board in the top 10 next spring (Amari Cooper & Landon Collins). (more…)


Saturday Slate: Rivalry Week Edition

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

 

Can anything top the 2013 Iron Bowl?

Can anything top the 2013 Iron Bowl?

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Turkey.  Stuffing.  Delayed Flights.   Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again.  Rivalry Week is upon us in the college football universe.  For some teams, their rivalry game is the only game that matters all season.  Others need to beat their hated rival to stay in the play off race.  Regardless, winning is the most important statistic of the weekend.  (more…)


Saturday Slate Week 13: Prospects to Watch

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?

Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?

Will the real Brett Hundley please stand up? Week 13 is his show and there’s no bones about it. Yes, #8 Ole Miss vs Arkansas and #20 Missouri vs Tennessee will be crucial in SEC division races. #15 Arizona vs #17 Utah and Oklahoma State vs #7 Baylor will certainly be games worth paying attention too. But there’s no denying that we all will have a much clearer opinion of highly criticized UCLA QB Brett Hundley. (more…)







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