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2014 NFL Draft: Pipe Dreams and the Marshall Plan

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Brady Dobson

Could Aaron Dobson get a new receiving partner? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

It’s that time of year again folks, pipe dream season. The only thing more abundant than flowers blossoming outside, are the absurd trade scenarios budding around the NFL. Whether a team whiffed during free agency, or simply doesn’t believe the upgrade they want is available via the draft, coaching staffs are still trying to find their roster’s missing piece.

This causes certain teams to reach for the stars, and names that normally wouldn’t be bounced around start to echo in league circles. Usually nothing comes from this other than speculation and fan disappointment. However, what if Bill Belichick decided to pick up the phone, dial Bears GM Phil Emery and inquire about the big dipper?

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2014 Pass Rushing Prospects: Analyzing Athleticism

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Kareem Martin has been overlooked despite production and an ideal frame but is picking up steam after testing tremendously well in Indy (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Athleticism in a broad sense can be analyzed and measured, but it only gains meaning with context. Being able to run in a stright line for forty yards measured linear speed but explains very little about an athletes agility or strength. If the person is an Olympic sprinter the latter qualities are discarded as they are rather unimportant. If you’re looking at an NFL pass rusher, however, all of the aforementioned qualities have tremendous value.

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2014 Edge Rushers: A Look at Michael Sam’s Game

Monday, April 14th, 2014

After all the chatter, is Sam a possible fit in New England scheme wise? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Most art forms take time and a diversified skill set to fully master. The art of pass rushing is no different. Just ask Bruce Smith, Reggie White or some of the current masters of disruption Jared Allen, Von Miller or DeMarcus Ware and they’ll surely tell you it takes athleticism but also technique and a natural feel to get after the passer with regularity. Like any art form it will never be distilled down to pure arithmetic or established science and with that means opinions of what it takes to be the best will differ.

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2014 TE Prospects: Analyzing Athleticism

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Eric Ebron is the consensus #1 TE prospect, but he’s joined by a few others in the discussion for the “Best Athlete” at the position (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

The tight end position has endured a paradigm shift in recent years evolving from an athletically limited, run blocking specialist to a hybrid receiver with the separation skills of a wide out and the size of a tight end. With Rob Gronkowski being unreliable in terms of staying healthy the Pats could very well decide to supplement his elite skill set with someone who would complement as well as fill in for the man we call Gronk.

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2014 NFL Combine: Analyzing Athleticism

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Donte Moncrief surprised many with his breakout performance at the combine, but who is the most athletic split end prospect? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

The NFL Scouting Combine developed as a central location for evaluators to convene and, well, evaluate future NFL talent. There are multiple drills, tests, medical checks and grueling interviews designed to analyze everything about a prospect and whether or not he’s worth the million dollar investment.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Round Full League Edition

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Mike thinks Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas is headed to Foxboro. Could the Pats opt for a pricier Jace Amaro in round one? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

Draft season is upon us. So here’s a new mock to discuss and critique. (Note: only one compensatory selection was added to the Pats because, as Oliver and Mike detailed another pick could be on the way for Patrick Chung and Donald Thomas)

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2014 NFL Draft: Combine Preview

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

For all the chatter Jadeveon Clowney is a physical marvel and will likely be smiling after showcasing his unreal athleticism in Indy (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

There are two broad aspects to scouting a prospect in any sport, which are their mental and physical makeup. Those two factors intersect to create what really matters: How well they play the game. This week in Indianapolis prospective players will be tested and evaluated until their potential employers are satisfied. And trust me those guys are beyond demanding.

Here is a look into who will come out of the fray looking like a million bucks, and who might lose millions with a poor showing.

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