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In Depth Look At The Patriots Running Back Situation-Past, Present, and Future

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

After going the QB’s, I realized it might be better to put all my information into one post rather than three, so that I thought I would give it a shot with the RB’s. In this post I will look back at the Patriots draft history at the position, what the team can expect from the current players on the roster, as well as what college Seniors to keep an eye on this fall.


2017 College Watch List: QB’s

Friday, July 14th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Can you believe that football is almost upon us once again. I just picked up 2 new notebooks for notes on the upcoming draft and am ready to go. Before we can do that though, we need to know who to watch. Over the next several weeks, I will be giving you a list of SENIORS that I will be keeping an eye on this fall. I have been burned in the past by focusing on some underclassmen that I was sure were going to come out early, so during the season, I keep my focus on just the Seniors and wait for the official list of underclassmen to declare before diving deep into their games. This also helps from keeping the list manageable. It can be overwhelming when you factor in players who might declare early. These list will also be in no particular order. I have not studied any of these guys enough to rank them and even if I did, their play this year will most likely change where they grade out for me anyways. So, without further adieu, here are the Senior QB’s I will be watching.


Weekly Musings: 7/12-7/19

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Despite this being the slow period of the NFL, I have a lot on my mind today and I want to share some of that stuff with you today. First off, I will be starting a new series for those who want to get an early start on scouting for next years draft. I will be putting out a watch list of the top Senior players at each position with QB’s up first. With that drop, it gave me the idea of going through the Patriots depth chart position by position to get a better sense of camp battles and who to watch when the pads are finally put on. The final thing I wanted to talk about was starting up a fantasy football league. I got into my first dynasty league a couple of years ago and found it to be very enjoyable and wanted to see if there was interest in starting one up with members from this site. If I can find 11 other wanting to do a free dynasty league, I will do so. Just let me know in the comments area below.


Weekly Musings: 7/5-7/12

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry I didn’t get one of these posted for last week. I got called out of town until yesterday and had limited access to a computer. We have hit the slow period when it comes to NFL news, so there may not be a ton to talk about, so if anyone has any questions or other topics they want to discuss, feel free.

Right now, I am working on my college watch list and hope to start posting those positions soon, maybe as earlier as Friday. I am also still working away at my draft project that has become the ultimate time suck. Why do I start these things?


Weekly Musings: June 21st-June 28th

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Hi all,

Sorry for my lack of participation on the site over the last couple of weeks. I am working on a huge project that finally ends this weekend. In my limited free time, I have been working on a historical draft piece that I am hoping will be a good reference guide as well as a new way to approach my draft grades. It has been more work than I anticiapted but I am excited about its possibilities.

I wanted to give the site a place for people to chat while we wait for training camp to open up without the threads getting too long, so I came up with this. With the Patriots signing David Harris today, I thought there would be some interest to talk about him and his potential role.


Looking Back At The 2014 NFL Draft

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Every time you hear someone talk about grading a draft class they say “You have to wait at least three years before you can really grade a draft.”  I was cleaning up the computer when I find some old notes on the 2014 draft class and I thought it might be fun to do just that. Back then I was not writing for any particular site, so my audience was about a dozen of my friend who, after awhile, probably got sick of me sending them stuff on the draft and stopped reading them. I found several different emails regarding the class, including a love, like, hate list for both offensive and defensive players as well as a top 100 with some notes. I thought you all might enjoy taking a trip down memory lane and seeing what I had to say before I started writing here.


New Content Coming Soon!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken


Hi All,

After a short break, I am ready to get back into all things Patriots and the NFL draft. I have some fun articles planned and I am working on a very large project that I hope will be useful for the 2018 draft. I will post on twitter when I post my new stuff, so if you aren’t following me yet, please do. I can be found @midwestpatsfan. I look forward to interacting with all of you very soon.


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