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Scouting Report, Damontae Kazee, CB

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
If the Patriots decide to draft a Corner in the Draft, Kazee might be a good fit for the Patriots.

If the Patriots decide to draft a Corner in the Draft, Kazee might be a good fit for the Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Man, it is too bad these Super Bowls have to be so boring. I mean, the Patriots even covered the spread, which is never the case. In all seriousness, it has taken me two days to come down from that emotional roller coaster. I went from anger, to sadness, to acceptance, to nervousness, to hope, to disbelief to jubilation all within one half of football. I woke up Monday morning still in disbelief and had to check the box score one more time. I have to give a shout out to one of my best friends, Kaufman. He is not a Patriots fan (Bear’s fan sadly) but he texted me throughout that game with nothing but positive thoughts that helped me keep a sliver of hope alive. I also want to tell my other good friend Evanson, who is a die hard Falcon fan, that I truly feel bad for him. Not that his team lost, that I happy for, but for the pain he must be feeling for how that game unfolded. Despite the good fortune of winning FIVE Super Bowls, we have endured some loses as well, and that pain is real and it takes awhile to get over. Hang in there buddy, maybe next year (unless they play the Patriots again. ) Now, back to football. As Belichick said on Monday, the team is five weeks behind on the 2017 season. I too am behind and trying desperately to get caught up on these prospects, so today, I break down a corner that caught my attention at the Senior Bowl.

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The Super Bowl Is Finally Here!!!!!

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

After two long weeks that felt like two months, we have finally made it to Super Bowl Sunday. We have been so blessed as Patriots fans to get to experience this multiple times over the past decade and a half. For me personally, it never gets easier. I try to tell myself that these silly little rituals that I do have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome of tonight’s game, but here I sit, in the same pants, T-shirt and smelly old sweatshirt I have been wearing for years. I put my five year old son in the same outfit he was wearing two weeks ago for the AFC Championship game as well. I know it is ridiculous but I just cannot stop myself from doing it. One of my best friends is a Falcon’s fan and as much joy as I know he would feel seeing his team win today, I really hope that he will bathe in his tears of sorrow when the Patriots once again hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Is that wrong of me? Am I being greedy? Frankly, I don’t think so and I would guess every other fan of every other team would want ONE MORE. LET’S GO PATS!!!!!

 

 


Scouting Report: Adam Shaheen, TE

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Adam Shaheen may be unknown right now, but this small school prospect has big time talent and could go much sooner in the draft than many think.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

When you are dealing with a massive head cold and your 5 month old son has decided that sleep is not really important to him, it can be tough to accomplish a whole lot in a day. Despite being sleep deprived and my head feeling like it is being squeezed in a vice, I was excited to get up today and write this report. Today’s prospect is a virtual unknown….for now. Once he gets a chance to showcase his skills, he will be rising up draft boards. Today we go to Division II for a Tight End prospect I think has a bright future in the NFL.

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Scouting Report: Alex Anzalone, LB

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We are just one week away from the Super Bowl and what better way to keep you distracted than with some NFL draft talk. I went into this process thinking Linebacker would not be a high priority for the Patriots because I thought they would resign one or both of Hightower and Collins. We know for sure that Collins will not be here and from some media reports, it sounds like Hightower at least wants to test the free agent market. If he leaves, that would create a massive need at the position. Even if the Patriots do retain Hightower, he has had issues staying healthy and it would be nice to get another play maker on the field with him. That is why today, we look at a versatile Linebacker that could help replace the production the team lost when they traded away Jamie Collins.

 

Name: Alex Anzalone (#34)

School: University of Florida (rJr.)

Height: 6’3″ (Senior Bowl)

Weight: 240 Lbs. (Senior Bowl)

Positives:

Anzalone is exactly what teams are looking for in a Linebacker in today’s NFL. He has a great combination of size and speed. He is also a very fluid mover who looks comfortable in space and will be able to drop in coverage and handle himself against NFL Tight Ends. Anzalone brings versatility to the football field as well. While at Florida he played both Inside and Outside Linebacker for the Gators. He was also asked to do a variety of things from those positions. On one play, the Gators staff would ask Anzalone to drop into zone coverage and on the very next play he could be seen rushing the passer off the edge. He showed the athleticism and speed to stick with Tight Ends and Slot Receivers in man coverage. Anzalone also showed good instincts and recognition skills and could quickly react to what he saw. He is a high motor guy who gives maximum effort on every play.

Negatives:

On the field, there is not much I saw from Anzalone that I didn’t like. One thing he will need to work on is his tackling. It is not that he uses bad technique, it just seems that he doesn’t run through the guy he is trying to tackle and he seems to bounce of guys rather than always bring them down. He also needs to work on shedding defenders. Overall he is pretty good at it, but there were times when he struggled to disengage from opposing blockers. Anzalone is not a natural pass rusher. He wins with speed, but does not have a pass rush skill set to fall back on if he doesn’t win with speed. He looks better when blitzing through the A gap rather than the outside. The big issue with Anzalone will be his medical checks. Anzalone has dealt with shoulder problems since he was in High School. He has missed significant time at Florida with injuries as well.  He has not been able to stay on the field consistently throughout his career and that will be a big issue for teams come draft time.

Overall:

I really like Anzalone. He has been one of my favorite players to evaluate so far in this process. He would be a perfect fit in the Patriots system and I think his athleticism and versatility could make him a really good player in the NFL. A lot of attention goes to Florida’s other Linebacker, Jarrad Davis, who is the flashier player of the two, but Anzalone seems like the more consistent player. The big issue will be the injury concerns, all the other stuff I listed as negatives are easily fixable with coaching. If there were no medical issues, Anzalone would easily be a top 50 pick for me, but I think he will go a round later or so because of the durability concerns. I think he would be a great fit next to Hightower on the Patriots defense and could have a similar impact that Jamie Collins had when he was with the Patriots.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Scouting Report: Adam Bisnowaty, OT

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
If the Patriots decide to address Tackle, this is a player I think they should look at.

If the Patriots decide to address Tackle, this is a player I think they should look at.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

A lot has changed over the course of this season. Coming into the year, I had real concerns about the Offensive Line, particularly the Tackles. Fast forward five months and it seems like that position may not be as big of a priority as I once thought. I think it would be prudent for the Patriots to bring in someone through the draft, but it gives the team a chance to develop a player rather than thrust them into a starting job. That is where today’s prospect comes in. Here is an in depth look at Adam Bisnowaty.

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Scouting Report: Alvin Kamara, RB

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Kamara is an explosive playmaker, but is he the right fit for what the Patriots need at RB?

Kamara is an explosive playmaker, but is he the right fit for what the Patriots need at RB?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I’m Back! This time for real. If anyone reads this, let me first apologize for my long absence from the site. Due to personnel reasons, my schedule over the past few months has not allowed me the time to work on the draft. My schedule is back to normal now and I plan on hitting this draft class hard. I am further behind this year than most seasons, but luckily there is still time to get an in depth look at this class, at least at the positions I feel the Patriots might target come April. With the Senior Bowl happening this week, this is a perfect time to jump in and get to work on this class. Today, we continue with a position I think the Patriots must address, Running Back. (more…)


Scouting Report: Kareem Hunt, RB

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Can this small school prospect be a big time player in the NFL?

Can this small school prospect be a big time player in the NFL?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I have been putting a lot of film work into the 2017 Runningback class, but after Sunday nights performance by the Patriots, I seriously considered dumping it all into the trash can and turning my attention to defensive players only. I couldn’t that until I at least wrote about Kareem Hunt. Hunt has been on my radar since 2014 when he had his breakout season for the Rockets. Hunt plays in the MAC, so he does not get a lot of national attention, but he has NFL traits. Lets take a closer look at what those traits are.

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