Scouting Report: DeVonte Booker vs. Utah State

September 16th, 2015
If the Patriots look at Running Back in the 2016 NFL Draft, could Booker be a possiblity?

If the Patriots look at Running Back in the 2016 NFL Draft, could Booker be a possiblity?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Two weeks of games are in the books already, here we all rushed to get the season and already I want it to slow down.  Sadly, my beloved Cyclones fell to the hated Hawkeyes over the weekend, so that one hurt a little, although the boss, James, I’m sure was very happy.  We are still in the infant stages of both the college and NFL seasons, so it is still a bit too early to know what players are going to become the big names in the draft and what NFL team’s needs are going to be.  For now, then, I will continue to focus on players that have caught my attention one way or another, and this week I decided to focus on Utah’s DeVonte Booker.

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

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

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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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