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The Quarterback Report: Preseason 2014 Rankings

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

NEPD Staff Writer Jack Andrade

Hello readers, and welcome to the first installment of the Quarterback Report. The QB Report will be breaking down the top quarterback prospects in the nation throughout the 2014 college football season, with weekly stat recaps, film study analysis, and a stock watch as the season progresses.

Here is a look at my preseason quarterback rankings for the 2014 class. I’ve included my top 10 seniors, my top 5 draft eligible underclassmen, and some notes accompanying each player.

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2015 NFL Draft: Previewing the Offensive Landscape

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Many people dread their birthday after a certain age, but not me.  Each year, in late July, I get excited just like when I was a kid, because I get the same gift every year–Patriots training camp, followed by college camps. That’s right, it is the gift of football.

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2015 NFL Draft: Top Big 12 Defensive End Prospects

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Cedric Reed would top a lot of people’s lists but I have two high potential prospects ranked higher at this time (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

The Big 12′s talent pool is definitely shifted towards the offensive side of the ball with wide open offensive schemes succeeding in Baylor, Oklahoma and OK St. If we do take a look at the defenses there is a position that doesn’t lack for NFL caliber talent. The defensive end position has some legitimate talent. With the rankings here I definitely went with talent and upside putting Oakman over Reed.

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2015 NFL Draft: ACC Top Prospect and Conference Preview

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Winston 2015 NFL Draft

Jameis Winston is a decent football player.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After a few slow months it’s about time to start ramping back up the football and NFL Draft machine. We now can flip the page to 2014 and begin to search for the top prospects to watch during the season. The Atlantic Coast Conference is our first preview where I predict the All-Conference Teams and project the top five prospects at each position within the conference.

As was the case in 2013-14, the ACC is loaded with NFL caliber talent once again in 2014-15.

Let’s take a look.

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2015 NFL Draft: Top Big 12 WR Prospects

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Antwan Goodley of Baylor has the speed and bulk to post tremendous receiving numbers catching passes from fellow NFL prospect Bryce Petty (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

The Big 12 has taken its hits, most notably losing Nebraska to the Big 10, and Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC, and it shows when breaking down their NFL prospects. One position they do offer some talent in is at the wide receiver spot. This is no surprise given the wide open, defense optional style most of the conference plays. Let’s take a look at the top WR prospects for the 2015 draft class.

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2015 NFL Draft: An Early Look at the WR, OT and DE Class

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

USC WR Nelson Agholor could earn a first round grade and ultimately move past the consensus #1 WR Amari Cooper (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

The 2014 Draft was particularly strong at offensive tackle and wide receiver with those two positions making up 6 out of the first 12 selections. We also saw two blue chip defensive prospects in Jadaveon Clowney and Khalil Mack go in the top 5. Then of course was the notorious Johnny Football going to the dormant Browns late in the first. Most of the headlines were stolen by the magnetic but volatile former Aggie QB.

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Patriots Wide Receiver Breakdown: Volume in Numbers at OTAs

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Patriots’ wide receiving corps was highlighted during the summer of 2013, and it is once again in 2014. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

As organized team activities opened up on Tuesday, May 27, the New England Patriots filled the 90-man roster to maximum capacity by signing two wide receivers. In doing so, one of the positions which grew scarce with attrition and inexperience last season now stands among the squad’s deepest in volume.

It stands at 13.

In a numbers game, though, less than half of that baker’s dozen will ultimately make the 53-man roster. And if the past serves as an indicator of the future, the process will remain a fluid one until then.

That was illustrated last June, as the Patriots stocked OTAs with 10 wideouts. The pool included three incumbents – who combined 21 receptions for the year prior – along with four veteran signings, two rookie draft picks and two undrafted rookies.

The average age of the nucleus was 25 years old.

But by the time OTAs turned into training camp and the preseason, the landscape shifted. Rookie Mark Harrison was never activated from the non-football injury list, incumbent Kamar Aiken and veterans Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and Lavelle Hawkins were let go. Several more joined only to meet the same fate.

The fate of New England’s 2014 collection is not yet known. Even so, there are some elements that are. (more…)







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