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2016 Prospect Primer-QB’s and RB’s

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

 

Well, it is that time of year again.  Training camp is about a week away and football is just over a month away.  It has been awhile since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t working hard on next year’s draft class.  Since shortly after the draft, I started working on my list of prospects for the 2016 draft.  Right now, it is too early to predict where guys will get drafted and what positions the Patriots might look to target, so this list is not Patriots specific.  My list is a mix of the top rated guys at their positions as well as some other guys that intrigue me from a Patriots perspective.  Today I break down the Quarterbacks and Runningbacks and over the next week or so, I will do the remaining positions as well. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Cincinnati Bengals

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

 

For the Bengals it starts and ends with their signal caller.

For the Bengals it starts and ends with their signal caller.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

On the fringes of the Tom Brady news, we continue Eyes on the Competition with everybody’s favorite AFC punching bag come playoff time –the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals, led by Andy Dalton, have made four consecutive postseason appearances.

The Bengals, led by Andy Dalton, have yet to win a playoff game in that span.

Cincy finds themselves in NFL purgatory – much of which is reflective of their quarterback situation. Good enough to make the playoffs, not good enough to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. (more…)


Re-drafting the 2011 NFL Draft

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Where will these stars land in our re-draft? (Hint: they will not be waiting long in the Green Room).

Where will these stars land in our re-draft? (Hint: they will not be waiting long in the Green Room).

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Now that the draft has come and gone, the instant analysis is pouring in.  Who are the ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ are the big hot button topics discussed in draft talk nationwide.  But truly, how do we know who the true winners and losers are?

Fact is, we don’t. We make educated guesses, sure.  But at the end of the day none of us have a crystal ball.  The only thing better than a mock draft is a re-draft, and as the top players from the 2011 draft approach the end of their rookie deals, we’re going to take a look at the real winners of the 2011 draft. (more…)


Wrapping up the 2015 draft class.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for the Patriots and their fans.  The team made a surprising 11 picks in the draft, but those players have been overshadowed by the Deflategate controversy and everything that has come with it.  I won’t go into my particular feelings on Deflategate here, but I will say that I do think the NFL went way too far on their punishment.  I have posted a couple of articles on a few of the draft picks already, but I wanted to recap the rest of the class before moving on to the 2016 class.  Here are my thoughts on the Patriots draft selections in the 2015 NFL draft.

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Eyes On the Competition : AFC East

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

 

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re tired of reading about the dreaded ‘deflategate’ and how New England cuts another cornerback once a week, you have come to the right place.  Eyes On The Competition returns post-draft to breakdown the AFC East, and how things could wind up next year after the draft makeover.

The Tom Brady suspension is still up in the air, but it is safe to assume he will at least miss SOME time.  One game?  Two games?  Personally that’s how I think it will fall.  But who knows, four games is still in play with Captain Touchback hearing the appeal. (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.

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Post Draft Scouting Report: Geneo Grissom, DE/LB

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
In the 3rd round, the Patriots added another versatile player in Grissom

In the 3rd round, the Patriots added another versatile player in Grissom

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back with the second installment of the post draft scouting reports. Grissom was a player I watched very late in the process and my viewing of him was limited.  What I saw was enough for me to put him on my final big board.  Now that he is officially a Patriot, I went back as much tape on him as I could find. Here are my thoughts on Grissom.

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