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2014 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings (Oliver Thomas)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin has a rare combination of size and speed. And in turn, he has the attention of NFL scouting departments. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

January is a month of divergence for the NFL. Eight teams are left in the Super Bowl hunt; 24 others have cleared out lockers and dispersed for the offseason. But before long, all 32 will be back in the same lane, preparing for the 2014 NFL draft.

It’s a process of personnel evaluation from now through May. There will be all-star games, combines and pro days to gauge a player’s value in the same setting as their peers. Yet in actuality, 90 percent of their value has already been determined.

It’s been determined by the game film and the eyes viewing it.

Now big boards and positional rankings must be taken with a grain of salt. It ultimately comes down to preference, need, and fit.

One area where that rings especially true is at wide receiver.

Over the last three drafts, 90 receivers have been selected by NFL teams – including the Cleveland Browns’ compensatory pick of Josh Gordon in 2012. Of those 90, 36 were chosen within the first three rounds, netting an average of 12 annually.

That trend is expected to continue this spring. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Friday Bowl Preview

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Minnesota and the athletic freak RaShede Hageman will take on Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Friday. Hageman’s versatility and physical ability might intrigue Belichik and company (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

As we begin to put the holiday season in the rear view one phrase will help help us start the New Year with joy or at least get us through: playoff football. The NFL will crown a champion within the next few months and while the college football season ends with something more like a mix between an exhibition and pro tryout it can still be exciting. Especially if you are an NFL draft fan.

Here are the names to watch on Friday as we could be seeing much more of them on Sundays next year. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Postseason Thoughts on Four Tight Ends

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz should garner plenty of interest leading up to May’s NFL draft. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The NFL regular season is in its final week, which means that many front offices are setting their sights towards May’s NFL draft. Yet like all organizations in playoff contention, the offseason evaluations of the 11-4 New England Patriots remain on the back burner.

But with many college prospects suiting up for perhaps the final time this bowl season, an unrelenting reminder is in place – the NFL’s future is only months away. And one position that figures to draw its share of intrigue in the near future is tight end.

For Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and football research director Ernie Adams, it’s a position that will be monitored closely from here on out.

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2014 NFL Draft Corner Prospects: Potential Patriots

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Kyle Fuller is the complete package at corner who is versatile enough to fit a man or zone scheme (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

When healthy the Patriots have a solid duo at corner in Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard. However, because of injuries, off field issues or pending free agency New England may be looking to add a young corner to the mix via the draft. The mock drafts of most readers seem to feature the corner spot in the first three rounds.

Here are a few of the possibilities to keep an eye on. Some will be available for the Pats to take in the back half of round one or later, or in the case of Dennard, likely long gone. All these players have the skill set to thrive in a zone scheme with plenty of man to man mixed in, similar to what the Patriots play. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Ranking the Best QBs by Attributes

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

 

Besides winning the “Most Immature” category does Manziel have another top notch skill? (US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Too much blame in losses, too much credit in wins is a hackneyed but accurate truism used to describe a few positions within the world of sports. The quarterback position is not just the most influential position likely in all of sports  as far as affecting wins and losses. It’s also one of the toughest positions to evaluate, scout and project to the next level.

When so many factors are relevant it can be tough to gauge what matters and what is trivial. That discussion is more suited for a historical and in depth review so here are some of those attributes scouts look for and which draft eligible prospects (those who have not taken themselves out of consideration) rank among of the best in each.
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Top of the Class: Marc’s Best Offensive Prospects at Each Position

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Teddy Bridgewater is the census #1 QB prospect, but another passer tops this list (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Each NFL prospect will be examined fully before Roger Goodell reads their names. The Senior Bowl and Combine help scouts get a complete picture of a prospect’s ability to play football as well as his character and professionalism off the field. Until then, all we can go on is tape. Based on their performances to date as well as how their skill sets project at the next level I’ve ranked the top two offensive prospects at each position. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Late Risers

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Derek Carr had a disappointing pick late, but he’s built plenty of NFL draft momentum throughout the season (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
The day isn’t quite over but there have been some impressive performances in this final week of college football’s regular season. Who has been building momentum going into the draft process? Here are a few of the late risers to keep an eye on. (more…)



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