Combine thoughts and observations: Defense

March 3rd, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

In my previous post, I gave you some of my thoughts on what I saw from the offensive players at the Combine. Now it is time to turn the page and look at some of the defensive players that stood out.

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Combine thoughts and observations: Offense

March 3rd, 2016

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Combine has come and gone, and another piece to the draft puzzle has been placed, giving us all a clearer picture of who and what these prospects are all about. Here are a few observations I had from watching the tests and the drills.

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Scouting Report: Rashard Higgins, WR

February 24th, 2016
The search continues for the perfect fit at WR for the Patriots. Is Higgins that guy?

The search continues for the perfect fit at WR for the Patriots. Is Higgins that guy?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As I continue my look into the 2016 Wide Receiver class, I realize that while there may not be the top end talent that previous years have produced, there is a lot of players who should make an impact at the next level.  Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins was an interesting and fun guy to watch, but is he a good fit for the Patriots? Read on to find out my thoughts.

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Scouting Report: Keyarris Garrett, WR

February 23rd, 2016
Fans have clamored for the Patriots to get a deep threat. Could Garrett be that guy?

Fans have clamored for the Patriots to get a deep threat. Could Garrett be that guy?

Randy Moss. We need a player like Randy Moss. A guy who can stretch the field. That has been the running theme from Patriots fans for years.  It is not something I necessarily agree with given the Patriots current offense and the types of throws Brady has success with.  Brady to Moss was a beautiful thing to watch. Two future Hall of Fame players making it look so easy and effortless.  That was a long time ago.  Moss is not coming back through that door and besides those two years with Moss, Brady has never really been a good deep ball passer.  However, I can appreciate the idea of having a guy who can go deep as long as that is not his only role.  Could Keyarris Garrett be that guy?

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Scouting Report: Jordan Howard, RB

February 21st, 2016
Howard is not a flashy runner, and that just might be what the Patriots need.

Howard is not a flashy runner, and that just might be what the Patriots need.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As I said in my previous report, I am focusing my attention on the skill position players leading up to the Combine. More specifically, I have been watching as much tape on the Running Back class as I can get my hands on. Today’s prospect is a stark contrast to my previous report, Paul Perkins. Read on to see why and who I think will be a better fit for the Patriots come draft day.

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Scouting Report: Paul Perkins, RB

February 19th, 2016
Does Perkins have what it takes to be the go to guy in the Patriots backfield?

Does Perkins have what it takes to be the go to guy in the Patriots backfield?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As the NFL Combine inches closer, I want to get myself acclimated with as many of the skill position players as I can.  I want to see what the tape tells me on these players before some player at the underwear Olympics puts up some eye popping 40 time and everyone falls in love.  I like analytics, in fact, I have tried for years to come up with the perfect formula combining a players measureables and testing to see if I could find what makes a player great or not. I have not found that formula. There are some great writers in #drafttwitter that do a great job with analytics and I try to read as much as I can, but I find myself always going back to the tape. I have been focused on Running Back for the past few days and thought I would share my thoughts on UCLA’s Paul Perkins.

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Scouting Report: Tyler Higbee, TE

February 17th, 2016

 

Will the Patriots look to add a Tight End in the draft to compliment Gronk?

Will the Patriots look to add a Tight End in the draft to compliment Gronk?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Patriots have the best Tight End in the game, maybe ever. Gronk has revolutionized the position and shown teams what they can do if they have a mismatch at the Tight End position. After Gronk however, the Patriots are very thin. Scott Chandler did very little to warrant a second year on the team and Mike Williams is more of a glorified Offensive Lineman than a Tight End. Last year, the team did draft an intriguing prospect in A.J. Derby, but he is raw and coming off an injury, so he is a long shot at best. Needless to say, the Tight End position could use an influx of youth and talent, so today we take a look at one of the lesser known, but more intriguing players at the position.

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