Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 1

September 2nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

College Football is here (at last)! Opening weekend is full of cupcakes, unknowns, and major point spreads. However, these four games loaded with 2016 NFL Draft prospects will be worth your attention.

UNC vs South Carolina THURSDAY SEPT 3 ESPN 6:00 Charlotte, NC

In years past, UNC has been overwhelmed in this matchup – that won’t be the case Thursday. South Carolina is only returning 12 starters from last year’s 7-6 squad (maybe a good thing), and is a team I’m quite frankly not high on in ’15. Quarterback concerns, defensive worries, and relatively unknown faces in key positions – that describes South Carolina in a nut shell. I expect a shootout, and I’ll take the Tar Heels (+2) to win a close one. 34-30.

North Carolina Prospects

OG Landon Turner : Dominant in short spaces, struggles with flexibility in space. Great frame, but needs to work on technique. Shows good explosion at the point of attack.  Turner should have his way vs the Gamecocks. Read the rest of this entry »

Prospect Primer-Cornerbacks and Safeties

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

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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Patriots vs Panthers : Player Spotlight

August 28th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

We’re (almost) there.  Meaningful football is right around the corner – I promise.  In terms of meaningful football in the pre-season, tonight will be as good as it gets.  The third pre-season game is normally when starters get extended action into the second half.  Also, coaches will give specific looks to guys in competition running alongside the first team.

Last week we highlighted three position groups to watch against the Saints.  Today – a more specific look into what Patriots have the most to play for tonight.  Here are five Patriots I will be keeping a close eye on. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Prospect Primer-Defensive Line

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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Patriots vs Saints Primer: Three Positional Groups to Watch

August 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

As we move deeper into the preseason, roster clarity becomes key.  Preseason games can be a mess.  Full of players you’ve never heard of, sloppy play and announcers mispronouncing every third players name.

However through the chaos there are story lines to follow.  Let’s take a look at three position groups you should keep your eye on tonight.

Running Back

LeGarrette Blount, James White and Jonas Gray are three guys I feel confident will be there Week 1.  Brandon Bolden, due to his special teams ability as well as trust from Bill Belichick to protect Tom Brady on third down, is likely a shoe in as well.  With  Blount’s Week 1 suspension, this leaves the door open for one other player.  Enter : Dion Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Prospect Primer-Offensive Lineman

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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