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2015 NFL Draft: Reactions and Predictions

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Did the Patriots get a steal with Malcom Brown with the last pick of the 1st round?

Did the Patriots get a steal with Malcom Brown with the last pick of the 1st round?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft has come and gone.  The round actually went really quick with a lot less fanfare than most of us were expecting.  Leading up to last night, we had heard all the rumors about teams wanting to trade up or down and we were so sure the draft was going to hinge on who traded up for Marcus Mariota.  As expected, there was a big run on offensive lineman, wide receivers and cornerbacks.  We saw not one, but two runningbacks drafted after a two year hiatus from the first round.  The biggest intrigue may have happened at the very end of the round when the Patriots opted out of a trade with the Texans because a big time player fell into their laps. Here are my thoughts on Malcom Brown and what we might see happen tonight.

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2015 NFL Draft: Patriots Draft Malcom Brown (DL, Texas)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

After a long wait with smells of deep-dish pizza wafting through the night air, Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots finally were on the clock. After some initial confusion regarding a trade, the Patriots went down to Texas and picked themselves up a brand new defensive lineman — Malcom Brown.

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Analyzing Athleticism: Should Pats Fans be Worried about the Jets Grabbing Mariota?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

 

Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

I’m baaaaaack! It’s been a long time since my last post, but it’s almost Draft day! I’m trying to shift my focus into more analytical work and his piece is in that vein. I have looked into this topic a lot lately and will have more to come soon, but since we’re nearing Thursday night I’ll keep it short and hopefully more relevant to the moment. We’ll be taking a look at athleticism and how to measure and quantify its impact on a prospect’s overall potential at the next level. Hint, its really tough. And if there’s too much text, skip to the pretty pictures! (more…)


2015 NFL Draft: Mike Loyko’s Final Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
The Patriots stay at pick 32 to get a plug and play Guard.

The Patriots stay at pick 32 to get a plug and play Guard.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After four plus months of hyperbole, speculation, and projection the NFL Draft is finally here. Unlike past years I’ve tried to refrain from putting out a lot of mock drafts. I feel there isn’t much value in doing mocks in November, January, or even Mid-March because things change so quickly. With the draft 24 hours away draft boards are set and teams have zeroed in on “their guys”, but the picture isn’t any clearer for draft fans. I’ll give it one more shot and then call it a “draft season”. Here is my final attempt at projecting the 2015 NFL Draft.

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: James Christensen

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

This is my first 2015 NFL Mock Draft of the draft season and thankfully it will be my last. This wide open draft class has been a headache to predict.

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CJ Sousa’s 2015 Patriots Specific Big Board

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

 

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The national holiday that is the NFL Draft is just around the corner.  If you’re anything like me, you have looked at 4,291 mock drafts, 782 big boards and filled out some countless mock drafts on your own.  Not because you are actually thinking that is how the real draft will go, as we know it takes just one trade to throw a whole entire mock draft off.

It’s kind of like the movie Jack Frost.  Snow dad is better than no dad.  Truly, fake NFL drafts are better than no NFL drafts.  Rest easy fans, the real deal is around the corner. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : New York Jets

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Darrelle Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

 

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

There may not be a more intriguing team to watch Thursday night then Gang Green. The Jets have filled some needs in Free Agency as they have been Busy Bees’ this offseason, I’m sure you may have heard.

Last season, New England left Free Agency big winners after Aqib Talib ditched as they acquired Darrelle Revis and later received a 2015 3rd round compensatory pick for the Talib departure. The move ultimately helped New England win a Super Bowl, and should land the Patriots a solid player in this middle-round stacked draft. This year after the Patriots didn’t pick up his team option, Revis bolted for the team who drafted him for a stunning five year $75 million contract with $39 million fully (not just injury) guaranteed. I would argue the big winner in this scenario isn’t the Jets, but Darrelle Revis himself.

The Jets have done much more than just acquire #24 however. (more…)







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