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Primetime Prospects to Watch : Week 11

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Not all that interested in Bills/Jets Thursday Night Football?  Or just want to get a jump on the weekend?  No matter the case, NEPD has your viewers’ guide for the key prospects to watch in the prime time match ups, as well as a quick stock check on prospects moving up and down the draft board.

Who’s Up:

Entire Alabama Front 7: I’m kind of kidding here, kind of not.  Alabama has dominated all season long led by DT’s A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed.  Last Saturday night, LSU got a front row seat.   The defensive front bottled up Leonard Fournette all game long, embarrassing a talent laden LSU offensive line along the way.  Robinson, Reed, DE Jonathan Allen and ILB Reggie Ragland all stood out all game long.

Alabama RB Derrick Henry: Henry’s draft stock is really catching steam.  Alabama rode Henry to the Promised Land last week by the tune of  38 carries, 210 yards and 3 touchdowns.  A physical specimen who can carry the load for four quarters, I believe Henry could be productive on a NFL roster today. (more…)

Scouting Report: KeiVarae Russell, CB

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Is Russell a guy the Patriots could take to bolster their CB group?

Is Russell a guy the Patriots could take to bolster their CB group?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back again with another player breakdown.  If you have read any of my previous reports (shame on you if you have not) you can see that I have concentrated on the Cornerback position so far this season.  The Patriots have held up okay at the position so far, but this weekend will be the first real test since week 1.  Regardless of how the game against the Giants goes or the rest of the season for that matter, corner is a position that will need to be addressed. With that said, here is my thoughts on KeiVarae Russell out of Notre Dame. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 10

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Week 10 marked the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings.  All week there has been banter back and forth consisting of people like my father screaming about how the Big 12 was left off yet again.  Here’s the fact of it all: it doesn’t matter – not even a little bit.

Consider this: On October 28th of last season the first college football rankings were released.  Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss rounded out the list.  As you know, only one of those teams advanced to the actual playoff (Florida State).

The committee released the following: 1) Clemson, 2) LSU, 3) Ohio State and 4) Alabama.  I had the exact same four, just in a different order (1)LSU, 2) Ohio State, 3) Clemson, 4) Alabama). (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 9

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Every week is important, but no month is more important in the college football season than November.  With that in mind, let’s look at who’s been our biggest movers up and down the draft board thus far.

Who’s Up:

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis:  Let’s start with Lynch.  He’s gone from just “another guy” to potentially “the guy”.  We knew he had the physical attributes, but we didn’t know he would develop so quickly.  He is far from a finished product, but his raw physical attributes, impressive size and surprising accuracy on his throws has entered him into the conversation for first quarterback off the board.

Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor: One of my overall favorite players in the country.  Billings has easily been the most dominant player along the Baylor defensive front all season long.  Easily tosses offensive linemen out of his way, as he also has great technique and keeps his pad level down.  He has thrown his name into day one consideration as of this moment.

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor:  If James Jones is a ‘touchdown machine’ for the Packers, Coleman is a touchdown guarantee for Baylor. (more…)

Scouting Report: Kyle Murphy, OT

Monday, October 26th, 2015
The Patriots could look at Tackle in the next draft. Is Murphy a guy who they could target?

The Patriots could look at Tackle in the next draft. Is Murphy a guy who they could target?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Did you miss me? I know it has been awhile since I have posted a scouting report, but I am back now and hopefully on a regular basis. This nice fall weather has meant less time in front of the TV and more time working. Where are my priorities? I have been watching games however and the notebook is filling up, so now I just have to get it in written form.  I took a break from corners to focus on another position I think will be a priority for the Patriots come draft day and that is Offensive Tackle.


Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 8

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re looking for major intrigue between powerhouse schools, Week 8 isn’t for you. However that doesn’t mean the NFL Draft evaluators are taking a week off, and neither are the prospects. Some college football is better than no college football, right? Let’s take a look at the matchups I will be playing closest attention to this Saturday.

Iowa State vs #2 Baylor 12:00 ESPN

No, I don’t believe this will be much of a contest. But thanks to a prospect filled Baylor Bears’ roster card this noon game is worth tuning into. In case you haven’t heard, arguably the best story in college football Baylor WR Corey Coleman has absolutely set the world on fire and looks to continue that vs Iowa State. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 7

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

We have reached Week 7 of the College Football schedule, also known as the unofficial halfway point of the season. Let’s take a peak of my personal top 4, as well as the most important games this weekend impacting the NFL Draft

Playoff Chase:

  1. Ohio State: I wonder, is anybody truly impressed with Ohio State this season?  Their toughest test, Virginia Tech, lost their quarterback halfway through what was a dog fight.  Ohio State has since beat Hawaii and Western Michigan soundly, squeaked by Northern Illinois and Indiana and looked largely unimpressive last week in a 21 point home win vs Maryland.  They do remain #1, but aren’t as rock solid as they seem.
  2. LSU: They rank 6th in total defense, 5th in total run defense. Combine that with the best player in College Football in Leonard Fournette, and you have a winning combination. Quarterback Brandon Harris hasn’t been awful either.  His stats aren’t amazing by any stretch but he has yet to throw an interception this year.  My eyes tell me LSU is better than some of these offensive juggernauts.
  3. Utah: The Michigan win suddenly looks better and better, as Utah continues to handle their schedule behind one of the best backs in the country, Devontae Booker.  Up next for the Utes, home games vs Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA and Colorado and road trips to USC, Washington and Arizona.  An undefeated season is looking more and more possible.
  4. Clemson: I know, the Big 12 powers (TCU, Baylor) aren’t listed. Fact is, Clemson has quality wins on their resume in a way neither TCU or Baylor does.  I’ve been impressed with Deshaun Watson as well.  He has turned it over some, sure.  However he’s completing 69% of his throws and has been a dual threat as well.  As of right now, they get my slightest of slight nods.


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