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Saturday Slate: NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in Week 6

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

landon collins

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

IT IS UPON US! The big time conference match ups begin this week. The crowds are a little louder, the hits are a little harder, and the games certainly mean that much more. But before that excitement, let’s do a quick recap of week 5.

Eyes on the SEC: Saturday started with Tennessee giving a legitimate scare into 17 point favorite #12 Georgia. I see Georgia having big issues down the road if QB Hutson Mason can’t improve his play. If not for the heroic effort of RB Todd Gurley (Just give him the damn’ Heisman already), this would have been a different story. Gurley ended with a career high 208 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. His power, strength, and speed is unmatched across college football. Tennessee freshmen RB Jalen Hurd will be a name to keep an eye on. He grinded out 119 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against a good Georgia front 7. A&M came back to beat Arkansas in a wild one at Jerry World in OT. A&M QB Kenny Hill lit it up (386 yards, 4 TD, 1 Int), in a season saving effort to climb out of a 14 point 4th quarter hole. Arkansas RB Alex Collins (who I have as the 3rd best RB in the conference) shined as he ran for 131 yards and a touchdown. And in a wild night cap, Missouri went on the road and beat South Carolina in a revenge game from last season. Mizzou scored 14 unanswered to stay in the SEC east race, beating the Gamecocks 21-20. (more…)

Scouting Report: Marcus Peters, CB Washington vs. Hawaii and Stanford

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

With a quarter of the season already in the books, it seems the Patriots have more questions than answers. It has been the better part of a decade since fans have questioned if the team has what it takes to make the playoffs rather than can  they win the Super Bowl. As draftniks, we’ve become accustomed to the Patriots having late-round draft picks. This year, if Coach Belichick and the team cannot  turn the season around, we may be drafting in uncharted waters.  With so much uncertainty, no prospect can be overlooked because the Patriots may be picking much earlier than usual. Because of this, I decided to look at one of the top CB prospects, Marcus Peters.


Peters has good size for the positions, coming in at 6’0″, 190 lbs. He shows an ability to play press man, off man, and zone coverage and looks comfortable in all three schemes. Peters is consistently lined up with the opposition’s best wide receiver, showing his confidence. He also shows good play recognition and quick reactions. When he plays in press man he shows a good backpedal and an ability to stay low, which gives him great change of direction. He also has aggressive hands to jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage. Peters has fluid hips and does not lose any speed when coming out of his backpedal. Because of his aggressive nature, he plays much bigger than his size and uses his body well to cut off routes or force the WR out of route. Sometimes it even looks as though he is running the route better than the WR. He has potential to be a true shut down corner at the next level.


Marcus Peters’ overall game is fun to watch, but there are some aspects that he needs to improve on if he’s going to be an elite corner at the NFL level. Aggressiveness, one of Peters’ biggest positives, is also his biggest negative at times. At one one point in the game, I saw him peeking back at the quarterback only to have the WR run past him. He also looks to jump routes and can get burned by the double move. So far in the games I have watched, it has not come back to hurt him, but it is something that offensive coordinators in the NFL will look to exploit. Peters also shows an inconsistent effort in run support. At times, he shows a willingness to come up and make a tackle on a RB or on a WR while running a screen play, and he is actually pretty good at it, but there are far too many examples of him “dancing” with a WR and allowing someone else to make the play. He is not alone in needing to improve in these areas though as these are common issues for just about every CB in college football. Peters’ aggressiveness off the field is also a concern. His tantrum on the sideline of a game earlier this year caused him to to be benched for the Illinois game. Finally, I noticed that Peters relies more on his athleticism rather than technique at times, especially against lesser competition.


Marcus Peters possesses all of the skills you look for in a CB. He has a unique blend of athleticism and aggressiveness but he walks a fine line between aggressive and over aggressive in many facets of his game.  If he can clean up some of these issues, he has what it takes to be an elite corner at the next level.


Saturday Slate: Week 5 College Football Prospects To Watch

Friday, September 26th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Party of one, you may be seated Mississippi State. In what is by far the best division in college football (SEC West), Mississippi State finally deserves to sit at the contenders’ table.

The Bulldogs owned week 4 by going into Death Valley and beating #8 LSU and ending their 14 game losing streak against the Tigers. MSU QB Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also beating the Tigers on the ground with 105 yards and 1 touchdown. While that upset was going on, another one was brewing.


Potential Patriots: LB Denzel Perryman

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Adam Bogdan

Continuing my Potential Patriots series, I decided to look at Miami’s middle linebacker Denzel Perryman based on the feedback from readers.

The Patriots have certainly struggled this year against the run at times, and their linebacking corps may be one of the shallowest positions on the team. While Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins have exceptional athleticism, and with Dont’a Hightower becoming a pass rusher, there lacks a physical presence in the middle of the defense that can stuff the run with ferocity and fearlessness. That is what Perryman can do.


Scouting Report: Benardrick McKinney, ILB/OLB Mississippi St. vs. South Alabama

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Week 3 of the college football season lacked the high profile matchups that we were lucky to have in the first 2 weeks. There were some exciting games, like a certain rivalry game in the state of Iowa (editor’s note: BOOOO), and some exciting players that were on display.

Bernardrick McKinney is a guy that I have been intrigued by purely from a height, weight, and speed perspective. I had very little exposure to him up to this point, but I had heard some good things about his game and I wanted to check it out for myself.  It was a mixed bag for me of both good and bad, and some things that I just didn’t expect, so lets break it down a little further.


2015 NFL Draft: The Turf Report Week #3

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushes for a 57 yard touchdown against Fresno State during first quarter action last Saturday. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah rushes for a 57 yard touchdown against Fresno State during first quarter action last Saturday. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Tyler Murphy, Boston College (6’2″ 213lbs) vs. USC

It took until week #3, but here’s our first QB to make it onto the Turf Report. Murphy may of not done much through the air this past weekend, but he did orchestrate a masterful performance on the ground as Boston College stunned #9 USC Saturday night. He worked the option play beautifully with his running backs, and kept Southern Cal’s defensive on their heels all game long. His 66 yard TD run in the 4th quarter was not only an example of Murphy’s explosiveness, but his field acumen as well. The 5th year senior who left Gainseville for an opportunity to start at quarterback looks to have found a home with BC. As coach Addazio’s offense continues to evolve, I’m excited to see what else he has in store for Murphy and the Eagles ground game.


Saturday Slate: College Matchups to Watch for the 2015 NFL Draft

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Eric Striker

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Finally, big time conference match ups are on the horizon. In what looked to be a poor slate of games, Week 3 gave us some excitement we may not have seen coming. Boston College showed the country that yes, they do in fact play college football in the Northeast. The fighting Addazio’s upset USC 37-31 Saturday night. Quarterback Tyler Murphy led the Eagles’ and ran for 191 rushing yards, including the eventual game winning 66 yard touchdown run off a zone read.   Oregon rolled once more, so did Oklahoma against inferior competition.

UCLA was fortunate to defeat Texas in Jerry World in a game where Texas controlled throughout. QB Brett Hundley was knocked out of the game early, but the Bruins held off a feisty Texas bunch 20-17. And after their huge road win at Ohio State last week, Virginia Tech lost to border rival East Carolina at home 28-21 in a thrilling battle. ECU QB Shane Carden has impressed me this year, as he went for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Hokies. The Big Ten had another rough weekend. Iowa lost to rival and 2 score underdog Iowa State at home, and now the conference is an astounding 1-9 vs the other 5 “old BCS” conferences. Ouch. (more…)

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