Eyes on the Competition : Miami Dolphins

April 17th, 2015

 

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Miami Dolphins.   The Dolphins have wheeled and dealed, as well as mortgage the farm in the process for some immediate success.

The crown jewel of the 2015 Free Agency class, Ndamukong Suh, bolted the Motor City for South Beach inking a cool six year $114,375,000 contract.  I expect Suh to have an obvious and immediate impact on the defensive front, making an already solid defensive front one of the best in the league.

That wasn’t the Fins’ best move this offseason though, not even close.  Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Patriots Big Board: RB’s

April 16th, 2015
Even though the RB position might not be a huge position of need, there may be just too much talent to pass up in this draft.

Even though the RB position might not be a huge position of need, there may be just too much talent to pass up in this draft.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back with another installment of my Big Board project.  This time we switch over to the offensive side of the ball and focus in on the running back position.  There is a lot of talent in this group and it has been a lot of fun to watch these players.  This was a position I struggled with, not so much in the evaluations, but trying to narrow down my board. I didn’t do a very good job of it either.  As I stated in my first big board posts, I am trying to come up with a board of around 75 players, and this would be a position I might have to go back and do some final editing to if I exceed my board by too much. Here are the guys that I liked on tape. Read the rest of this entry »


Now Available: Mike Loyko’s 2015 NFL Draft Guide

April 14th, 2015

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NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

My 2015 NFL Draft Guide is finally finished! 289 full page, full color scouting reports in an easy to read format. Without a doubt the most comprehensive NFL Draft book on the market today. You simply can’t find full-page, comprehensive scouting reports on many of the players I included in this book. Follow along with the draft guide as the draft goes on and when your team picks that obscure player you don’t know much about, chances are he’s in this book… Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Safeties

April 13th, 2015
The Patriots have used plenty of resources on the safety positions in recent years. Will they continue to do so in this years draft?

The Patriots have used plenty of resources on the safety positions in recent years. Will they continue to do so in this years draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

I am not going to lie to any of you. I don’t like scouting the safety positions at all.  First off, without access to all-22 film, it is really hard to see where and how these players are lining up.  This also makes it difficult to figure out what scheme they may be running and what their responsibilities are from play to play.  From there, you can watch an entire game and that safety prospect may have only been involved in a handful of plays.  This all adds up to a time consuming position that remains unclear if you can find enough tape on players to feel comfortable writing about.  That being said, I have done my best to sift through and find some players that are good fits for the Patriots. Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : Baltimore Ravens

April 9th, 2015

 

The Ravens almost stopped the Patriots' Super Bowl run before it got started in 2014.  Have they done enough to get over the hump?

The Ravens almost stopped the Patriots’ Super Bowl run before it got started in 2014. Have they done enough to get over the hump?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In the past it was the Colts.  The natural geography and Rex Ryan would scream it was the Jets.  But in recent playoff years, the Baltimore Ravens have been the Patriots’ biggest rival come January, and arguably the Pats’ biggest competition to earn the AFC crown.

Last year’s divisional round playoff game was arguably the greatest in Gillette Stadium’s history.  The only game to compare in my opinion was the 2011 AFC Championship game against…the Ravens.

I’m not sure if Joe Flacco is in cruise control throughout the regular season, or just simply doesn’t care.  Maybe he plays against himself every week in some undisclosed fantasy football league. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Tight Ends

April 8th, 2015
Tight end may not be a high priority, but there are some lesser known guys I would like to see the Patriots bring in.

Tight end may not be a high priority, but there are some lesser known guys I would like to see the Patriots bring in.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As I continue to put together my big board, I decided to go with another position that may not be a big focus for the Patriots on draft day.  The Patriots have good talent and depth at the position, so I doubt the team will invest a high draft pick on a tight end.  On the third day of the draft however, there are some names that intrigue me. Check out my thoughts on the this years crop of tight ends.

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Putting together the big board: QB’s

April 7th, 2015
While not a priority in the draft, there are some small school projects that could be intriguing.

While not a priority in the draft, there are some small school projects that could be intriguing.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Did you miss me? It has been awhile since I have been able to put out any draft related content.  I had to do some unexpected travel for that other job that pays this bills.  Now that I am back and have a reliable internet connection I can start to piece together my Patriots big board.  If you haven’t read War Room by Michael Holley, there is a section in the book that talks about how the Patriots tend to end up with a final draft board of around 75 players that they feel fit the team and their needs.  I have decided to try and put together a similar board for this year and today I start out with the quarterback position. Read the rest of this entry »







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