Archive for the ‘NFL Draft’ Category

Scouting Report: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB

Friday, March 17th, 2017
With the real possibility Malcolm Butler could be gone, will Corner be a top target for the Patriots. If so, does Witherspoon fit the mold the Patriots look for?

With the real possibility Malcolm Butler could be gone, will Corner be a top target for the Patriots. If so, does Witherspoon fit the mold the Patriots look for?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, like usual, the boring old Patriots sit back and do nothing in Free Agency again this year. Who am I kidding? I can’t even type that without laughing and I am pretty sure my dog thinks I am crazy. In all seriousness, a lot has happened since the start of Free Agency that has altered the draft strategy of the Patriots and the crazy people like me and you who try and figure out what the team is going to do. The crazy thing is, as I am typing this, I know that things are still evolving and what we all think we know today could be completely wrong by tomorrow. The fact still remains that the Patriots still have a number of draft picks and will be looking for player to improve their team. Despite not having a first or second round pick, there will still be plenty of talent on the board when the Patriots do actually make a pick and maybe Witherspoon could be one of those guys.

(more…)


We All Saw This Coming, Right?

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Trying to figure out the New England Patriots is like this vintage office chair I am sitting in right now. I have sat in this chair everyday for years. I know this chair. Every once in awhile however, I will lean back to admire my work or take notes of the next prospect the Patriots probably won’t draft, and it happens. I keep leaning….and leaning…and leaning. Panic sets in an I flail about trying to regain my balance. I am sure when my Grandfather built this chair 60 plus years ago, he did not follow any safety guidelines and therefore created a chair that can lean back to a near horizontal position. That is why I love this chair but also realize that if I let my guard down, it might kill me. Then there is the Patriots. I have followed this team for the better part of thirty years and yet, just like this old chair, they can send even the longest tenured fan into a state of unrest at any moment. Like many of you, I thought I had a pretty good idea on how the start of free agency would go. I mean, they are so predictable, right? I assumed they would sit out the first few days without out making any headlines except maybe resigning Dont’a Hightower. I also thought they would be mulling over the decision on whether to match another teams offer for Malcolm Butler. Then I leaned back in my chair….

(more…)


Scouting Report: T.J. Watt, DE/OLB

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Is Watt the versatile chess piece that the Patriots are looking for?

Is Watt the versatile chess piece that the Patriots are looking for?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The other day, I gave you my thoughts on one of the Combine’s biggest winners, Jordan Willis. Today, I thought it might be fun to give my report on another standout from the Combine and a guy who would play a similar role in the NFL. By doing these back to back, we can get begin to compare and contrast their games and maybe get a feel for who might be a better fit for the Patriots come draft day. So with that in mind, lets take a look at T.J. Watt out of Wisconsin.

(more…)


Scouting Report: Jordan Willis, DE

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
How high can Jordan Willis be drafted after his amazing performance at the NFL Combine?

How high can Jordan Willis be drafted after his amazing performance at the NFL Combine?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, the NFL Combine has come and gone and we saw a lot of impressive performances this year. While there may not be many flashy names at the top of the draft, I can’t remember a year that was so deep at so many positions. The talent pool that teams will be picking from in rounds 2 through 4 and even beyond is going to be ridiculous. There will be starting caliber players still available on Day 3 of this draft for sure. One position that looks to be very deep is that of Defensive End, which is good thing, because this is a position the Patriots will need to address.  One name that continues to be linked to the Patriots is Jordan Willis, and he made quite an impression at the NFL Combine over the weekend, so I thought I should see if the tape matches up with his athletic testing.

(more…)


Combine Chat: Cornerbacks and Safeties

Monday, March 6th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We have come to the last day of the Combine and so far I think we have seen that this draft has some good talent and depth. The nice part is, that talent is at positions the Patriots are going to need to add players at. This, along with free agency, should make for an exciting time for Patriots fans. Keep a close eye out today, because I think one or more of these guys will hear their name called when the Patriots are on the clock.


Combine Chat: Defensive Line and Linebackers

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

No football, no problem. We have Day 3 of on field drills today, and this is a group that Patriots really need to pay attention to. The Patriots need help along the front 7, so multiple players working out today could be Patriots come draft day. I am still trying to catch up on yesterday’s group, but am really looking forward to watching this group as well.

 


Combine Chat: QB’s, TE’s, and WR’s

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry guys for this getting up so late, if not too late. Our sixth month old is teething which led to lack of sleep and I just totally forgot to publish this. I am just starting to watch now so the QB’s have just started running.

 


*/ ?>





  • Categories

  • Search NEPD Archives

  • Archives