Prospect Preview: Georgia v. North Carolina

September 2nd, 2016
UGA RB Nick Chubb is back and looks to lead the Bulldogs.

UGA RB Nick Chubb is back and looks to lead the Bulldogs.

The 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game features one of the best games of the weekend as the Bulldogs take on the Tarheels at the Georgia Dome. This game not only features dynamic prospects but also two coaches who are among the best at designing offensive and defensive schemes. This game should be one of the most entertaining and competitive tilts of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »


Prospect Preview: Oklahoma v. Houston

September 2nd, 2016
Can Houston QB Greg Ward upset the Sooners?

Can Houston QB Greg Ward upset the Sooners?

One of the best games of this weekend will also be one of the first games played as Oklahoma takes on Houston in what should be an absolute shootout. Looking at this match-up most people would assume that Oklahoma should easily beat the Cougars, but this is a Houston team that many consider to be a sleeper for the CFB Playoff and whose offensive is as explosive as any in the country. Read the rest of this entry »


College Watch List: WR’s and TE’s

September 1st, 2016
For the 2016 Season, the Patriots seem set at the Tight End position, but will it be a priority in next years draft?

For the 2016 Season, the Patriots seem set at the Tight End position, but will it be a priority in next years draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

First off, I want to apologize for anyone who has been trying to get onto the site over the past several days. We had some website issues, but hopefully those are all behind us now and we can focus on football. Because of the technical difficulties, I am behind on my Watch List series. We have already had one game, with more college football tonight and a good slate of games scheduled for the holiday weekend. It truly is one of the best times of the year.

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Prospect Preview: Tennessee v. Appalachian State

September 1st, 2016
Sep 12, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) rushes against Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (21) during the first overtime at Neyland Stadium. Oklahoma won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin is one to watch.

The Tennessee Volunteers have been one of the most hyped teams this offseason by pundits from coast to coast. They are the trendy pick to win the SEC East and some have even wondered about their ability to challenge whoever comes out of the West in the title game. However, first they must get past a very tricky Sun Belt opponent in Appalachian State. Read the rest of this entry »


Prospect Preview: Hawaii v. Cal

August 24th, 2016
Top Prospect Cal QB Davis Webb

Top Prospect Cal QB Davis Webb

College Football is nearly back and I don’t know if I could of waited another weekend. While the full slate of games won’t be kicking off for another week, this weekend we get Hawaii v Cal on Friday night from Sydney, Australia. While this match-up may not knock your socks off, there are a number of good reason to watch this game.

The first of which is that the Pac-12 North Division is wide open and with Cal’s offensive weapons they could certainly make a run at the division title. However, they need to replace QB Jared Goff and they are hoping that Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb can be that guy.

For Hawaii this is the first game for new Head Coach Nick Rolovich who was a former Hawaii QB. Rolovich is highly thought of and the one thing that many people expect is that he will improve an offense that was anemic last year.

Here are the prospects to know and watch in this game: Read the rest of this entry »


College Watch List: Runningbacks

August 22nd, 2016
Could Runningback be the Patriots biggest need when the draft roles around?

Could Runningback be the Patriots biggest need when the draft roles around?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

You will have to excuse the randomness of my posts for the time being. My wife is due this week with baby #2 and it has been chaos in this house for awhile now. Speaking of chaos, that could also describe the Patriots backfield as we inch closer to week one of the season. With the news that Dion Lewis will need additional surgery on his knee, that creates a big question mark out of the backfield. I have made it known that I am not a huge fan of LeGarrette Blount’s, but it seems he will be called upon again this year to be the teams lead Runningback. Tyler Gaffney has made a push for reps in the backfield as well, and if he can prove he can stay healthy, he may end up the teams best all around back this year. I thought the Patriots would bring in a back in the 2016 NFL Draft, but they completely ignored the position once again. With the uncertainty at the position, hopefully that decision does not come back to bite them. The good news is that the upcoming Runningback class should be the deepest it has been in awhile. There is going to be some real talent available at the position after round 1 and teams are going to find quality starters in the later rounds. Here are the Seniors I will be keeping my eye on this season.

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College Watch List: Quarterbacks

August 15th, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With college football right around the corner, it is time to take a look at the players who will be looking to hear their name called in the 2017 NFL Draft. Obviously this list is far from complete. Some players on this list will not live up to expectations while others will pop up throughout the college season to make a name for themselves. This should serve as a guide for any of you who want to get a head start on scouting some of these players. I like to do this exercise so I can plan out which games I want to fill the DVR with and watch as the season progresses. Today, I start with the most important position on the football field, the Quarterbacks.

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