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Scouting Report: Vernon Hargreaves III vs. New Mexico St.

Monday, September 14th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We made it! Real football is finally here and for the next four months every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday will have meaningful games on.  This year, at least to start the season, I will be doing things a little differently with my in season posts.  Instead of writing up scouting reports I plan on giving you a more detailed look at the player I am focusing on for that particular game.  I went back and read some of my early reports and they were incomplete because the sample size was just too small. As the library on the DVR builds up (much to the dismay of my wife) I will start back with my more traditional scouting reports.  For the first week, I decided to focus on a position I think the Patriots will need to concentrate on in next years draft, cornerback.  I figured why no look at one of the higher profile players at the position, Vernon Hargreaves III out of Florida.

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Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 2

Friday, September 11th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

After getting your taste of meaningful Patriots’ football, it’s time to turn the page to this weekend as college football has some big games lined up (and distract you temporarily from the Dominique Easley injury).  Let’s dive into three non-conference match ups and a big time SEC tilt that should be on your television Saturday night.

#9 Notre Dame vs Virginia 3:30 ABC

Interesting mid-day game here.  Notre Dame comes off a big win vs Texas last weekend as Virginia was on the other end of the spectrum: completely outclassed by UCLA.  Virginia did some good things on the defensive side of the ball however, and combined with a friendly home field I expect this to be closer than expected.  (more…)


Prospect Primer-Cornerbacks and Safeties

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We are so close now. Just two days away from real football that matters.  We are rewarded for our long wait with a couple of really good games on Thursday and then I am sure you will all be tuning in on Saturday to watch the Iowa State vs. UNI game like I will be.  One of these years, the Cyclones are gonna sneak up on everyone and win the big 12, maybe this is the year.  No, I have not been drinking, but I am drunk on optimism just like every other fan.  Today, I cover the prospects that have caught my attention in the secondary.  This is a position that could be very interesting to Patriots fans depending on how the rebuild works out this year. I know it will be one position I will be very interested in watching throughout the season. With no further adieu, here are the prospects I will be paying extra attention to.

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2016 Prospect Primer-Linebacker

Monday, August 31st, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We are just a few days away from the kickoff to college football and the official start to the draftnik season.  Soon the DVR will be filled with another season full of games and my wife will yell at me because some reality show didn’t tape because there was not enough memory left for it to tape.  The sacrifices we all must make to be able to find those next stars or hidden gems in the NFL.  Today, I take a look at the Linebackers and give you the guys I will be looking at throughout the college football season.

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2016 Prospect Primer-Defensive Line

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we are just a week away from the kickoff to the college football season and two weeks away from the Patriots starting their run to another shot at the Lombardi trophy.  I have covered all the offensive positions and now I will move onto the defensive side of the ball, starting with the big guys in the trenches, the Defensive Linemen.  There are a lot of prospects in this group, so lets take a look at some of these guys who might jump out this college season.

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2016 Prospect Primer-Offensive Lineman

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Today we finish off the offensive side of the prospect primer with the big ugly’s in the trenches.  The Patriots have added a lot of players to the offensive line mix via the draft the past few years.  This does not mean that they will neglect the position this year, in fact, I think this could be an area they focus on once again, particularly at the Tackle position.  The Patriots have used later picks in the draft to find quality players that have come in and contributed right away.  Let’s take a closer look at all 3 Offensive Line positions and see who might be potential targets for the Patriots in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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2014 Non-All Americans Impacts Upcoming NFL Draft

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In case you haven’t been paying attention, college football is just over two weeks away.  The AP All America list every year always recognizes some of the biggest names in college football for outstanding excellence on the field. As the following list will tell, some pretty outstanding football players tend to be left off that list.  Let’s take a look at some non-2014 All Americans who could have a major impact on the 2016 Draft.

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

It’s easy to not pay attention to specific players on the Alabama Crimson Tide, especially those playing non-skill positions.  The casual fan just looks at those traditional Crimson jerseys, expect 11-12 wins, and go on with their day. A’Shawn Robinson is definitely a player to keep your eye on as a potential top 5 pick.  (more…)







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