Two For Tuesday: Rashaad Penny and Derrius Guice, RB’s

April 10th, 2018

 

 

Two for Tuesday brings you two workhorse backs that could bring stability and clarity to the Patriots backfield.

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

Rashaad Penny – RB – San Diego St – 5’11/220

 

Background

  • Born 2-2-96 in California
  • Coming off prolific season where he had over 2,000 yards rushing, 19 rec, 20+ TD’S & Including a few returns.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Runningbacks

April 9th, 2018

The Patriots have a somewhat crowded backfield, but that may not stop them from adding another piece if the right guy falls to them.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

When it comes to the Runningback position and the Patriots, it can be difficult to evaluate. The team likes to be amebic at Runningback. The team likes to keep defenses (and fantasy football owners) guessing at who and how they plan on running the ball week to week. It can be frustrating at times, and I would love the team to have a more consistent run game to help out their aging QB and the pass game. The team still has a number of players at the position, but it’s a position that could use some upgrades and some long term stability. With that in mind, here are the guys I think fit the Patriots criteria at RB.

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Mock Draft Monday: What To Do With Two Ones and Two Two’s?

April 9th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

The Patriots have been busy since our last Mock Draft Monday and for fans of the draft, it is very exciting. The team did lose its deep threat in Brandin Cooks, but were able to get really good value for him and now have two picks in the first round and two picks in the second, which should make the Patriots a very active team on draft day. There are no rules today, we left it open to interpretation since we had to start thinking about a new set of parameters and group of players. Jeff went above and beyond and did a full two round mock, I took the easy way out and did a full 7 rounder for the Patriots only. Enjoy.

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Scouting Report: Taven Bryan, DL

April 8th, 2018

Bryan may be a bit raw as a football player, he has rare athletic traits. Is he the type of player the Patriots might invest in early in the draft?

 

Background

  • From Casper, Wyoming.
  • Known as a humble, hard working guy. Comes from down to earth, blue collar, supportive family. Father was former Navy Seal. Tavon would regularly go to work w/ his father before school.
  • Wants to be coached & taught. Nicknamed “Wyoming Wildman” by his DL coach.
  • Loves playing football. Isn’t obsessed w/ it in terms of watching it on Sundays, stats etc.

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Scouting Report: Godwin Igwebuike, Safety

April 6th, 2018

Ewibouke brings a lot to the table both on and off the field.

 

Background – 

  • From Ohio
  • Loves writing, painting, music & other hobbies. Spiritual, own person that walks to his own beat. Was in a music group w/ teammates (Graffiti Lake)
  • Played offense & defense in high school. Racking up over 2,000 yards mostly rushing but a little rec.
  • Major is learning and organizational change.
  • Great friends w/ Jake Butt.
  • 3 year starter. Team Captain.

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Building The Patriots 2018 Big Board: Quarterbacks

April 5th, 2018

With Brady nearing the end, will the Patriots use an early pick on the QB position?

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

In what has become a tradition for me, it is time to begin the Building the Big Board series. If you are new to the site or just need a refresher, here is what you can look forward to. It is no secret that the Patriots do things a little differently than the rest of the NFL. This is true in regards to the draft as well. While some teams may have 300 to 400 names on their board, it has been said that the Patriots typically have a board of somewhere between 75 and 100 players. The Patriots look for very specific on and off field traits in the guys they are looking to draft and players who can fill specific roles. The team also does all their scouting in house instead of subscribing to one of the national scouting services that most other teams are a part of and use. This narrow set of parameters is what helps them narrow down their board to the size it is. So, each year, I try to identify what the team might look for in their players and look to see what players can fill immediate roles as well as possible long term replacements for aging veterans or players who may move on to a bigger payday. So, with that in mind, I have watched more hours of tape than I care to admit and have come up with a board that is at least similar in size to that of the Patriots. Each position has its own set of criteria and challenges, and I always have to leave a few guys off that I like, but something makes them not a great fit, be it scheme fit, value, or something else. It is an exercise of futility, but the final list the past few years has identified most of the players the Patriots have brought in. It is also a great exercise for me to get to know the current team and the draft class better. Today, we start with the most important of all the positions on the football field, the Quarterback.

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Prospect Interview: Daniel Gonzales, CB University of The Redlands

April 4th, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

In a nepatriotsdraft.com first, Jeff was able to talk with small school prospect Daniel Gonzales. While he may not have been on your radar, Jeff identified Daniel in his scouting and after watching his tape, he should be a name to know. He put up some impressive stats, including 9 INT’s this past season and he shows NFL traits on film. Now we get to pull back another layer of the onion and get a more in depth glimpse on a player who may be a late Day 3 draft prospect. Enjoy

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