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Scouting Report: Arik Armstead, DE

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Is this freakish athlete a good fit for the Patriots?

Armstead has rare physical traits, but does that make him a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Arik Armstead has been a guy on my list to watch for some time now.  His name has popped up in many conversations I have had with draftniks and Patriots fans, so I thought now is as good of time as any to finally get to his tape.  On paper, his measurables jump off the page and it is hard not to get excited to see what this kid can do.  The question is, does it translate to the field. Read on to get my opinion on this polarizing prospect. (more…)


Scouting Report: Preston Smith, DL

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Could Smith be a defensive lineman on the Patriots radar?

Could Smith be a defensive lineman on the Patriots radar?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you are reading this, it probably means you love football, or me (hi mom!) That means you were probably glued to the TV to watch the NFL combine over the past several days.  It really is a sickness when you get excited to watch guys running, jumping, and doing various drills to see if someone will catch your eye or they do something to confirm what you saw when watching them actually playing in games.  There were some unexpected results, both good and bad, but for the most part, we saw players do what they were supposed to do.  One guy I had heard of, but had not watched, was Preston Smith, and his numbers were intriguing, so I decided to give him a look and see if he could be on the Patriots radar. Here is what I saw. (more…)


2015 Patriots Draft Contacts

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The Patriots have had Pre-Draft Contact with the following 2015 NFL Draft Prospects:

PW – Private Workout
PDW – Pro Day Workout
OV – Official Visit
CI – Combine Interview
U – Unconfirmed Contact (Interview, Workout, Etc…)

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The Best Receiver You Don’t Know About

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

It could be the fact that he plays football in Pullman, Washington, where the normal national television audience misses most of his games.   It could be the fact that as recent as 2010 he was playing basketball for a community college.  Potentially, it’s because people view him as “a system guy”, whatever that means anymore. Combine these factors with the phenomenal depth of this wide receiver draft class, and it can be easy to see why Vince Mayle has not been receiving much attention. (more…)


Scouting Report: Marcus Hardison, DT

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
How high can this explosive defensive lineman go in the draft?

How high can this explosive defensive lineman go in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I have moved away from the corner back position (for now) and refocused my attention to the defensive lineman in this year’s draft class.  Hardison’s name has come up quite a bit in conversations with other draftniks as someone who might fit the profile of a Patriots-type player, so I decided to give him a look to see if I agreed or disagreed with their assessment. Read on to find out. (more…)


Position Rankings: The Cornerbacks

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Who will be ranked #1 in my cornerback rankings.

Who will be ranked #1 in my cornerback rankings.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you have read any of my previous work, you know that I have been giving you my thoughts on individual players in this years draft up to this point.  Over the past few months though, I have watched many players and have been jotting down notes for them as well.  I know that many of us like to see mock drafts and player rankings, so today I thought I would give you my rankings and some brief thoughts on the cornerbacks that I have had a chance to watch throughout this draft process.  I started with cornerbacks because for me, this is one of the longer positions to watch.  If possible, I like to watch their full game instead of just cutups.  I like to see how they react when the play does not go their way and if I can pick up anything else in regards to technique or effort when they are not necessarily involved in the play. (more…)


Scouting Report: Kevin White, CB

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Even if Revis stays, is corner a position that could be looked at in the draft for the Patriots?

Even if Revis stays, is corner a position that could be looked at in the draft for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As Patriots fans, we learned this season just how important it is to have great corners.  Darrelle Revis showed us that having a true shutdown corner can elevate a team from a contender to a champion.  We have all heard the saying you can never have too much of a good thing, well that applies to corners in the NFL.  Even if the Patriots do keep Revis (please do!) that doesn’t mean they are set at the position.  Alfonzo Dennard took a big step backwards this year and Logan Ryan had more bad moments than good.  Even Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is still an unknown commodity that may struggle to make the team next season.  I have been focusing this week on corners trying to get my positional rankings done(look for that article later this week), but I thought I would highlight one more player. (more…)







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