Scouting Report: Connor Williams, OT/OG

April 19th, 2018

 

 

Background

  • Very productive from Day 1, starting as a freshman.
  • Only 20 years old. 5-12-97
  • From Texas
  • Brother played for Stephen F Austin & Akron.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Defensive Line/Edge Rushers

April 18th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The offense has been fully covered, so now we can move on to the defensive side of the football. Let’s start by looking at the Edge defenders, a position that the Patriots have struggled to get great production out of the past few seasons. For the Patriots, being a player that gets after the QB is not good enough. The team looks for players who are more balanced. They want guys who have pass rush ability, but also the strength to stop the run. Several years back, Belichick mentioned he prefers guys who land somewhere close to 6’4″, 260 Lbs. and run a 4.6 forty so that is where I start as well. I am a little more lenient when it comes to those hard and fast rules, so if I see a guy I like that doesn’t fit the mold, he still gets the nod on my big board. As for Interior Defensive Lineman, there isn’t really a tell when it comes to a players physical makeup. Again, they must be stout against the run, but they have added some smaller, more athletic guys to get some interior pressure.

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Prospect Interview: Isiah Hennie

April 18th, 2018

Isiah Hennie is a small school prospect from Sacramento State. Isiah played wr/st & was electric whenever he had the ball in his hands. With 4.4 speed & the ability to juke & cut by defenders he’s almost a mini Dante Hall out there. He really understood how to put defenders in a bad spot making it that much harder to touch the slipperly player. Hennie not only has playmaking ability, 100 rec seasons but also showed off a tremendous football I.Q.

Get to the prospect a little better below.

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Jeff’s Three round mock with trades

April 17th, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Jeff went and did it again. No matter how you feel about your teams’ picks, you have to give him a ton of credit for taking the time and putting in the effort to do a full 3 round mock including trades.

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Three For Two-sday: Nathan Shepherd, Tim Settle, and Kendrick Norton

April 17th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Work got away from me(Mike) yesterday and I pulled my first true all nighter since college. With the draft just a little over a week away, you would think my real job that pays my bills would be more understanding of the importance of the upcoming event and the information we are trying to get out. Well, Jeff came through with not one, not two, but three great scouting reports of Defensive Tackles. Not only that, but he has a full three round mock waiting in the wings as well. Needless to say, Jeff is killing it. I will continue to get all this content out today as well as the remainder of my big board series, a top 100 list as well as my horizontal and vertical Patriots big board all before the draft starts a week from Thursday. This is your one stop shop for everything draft related.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Offensive Line

April 16th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For the final offensive group, it is time to take a look at the guys who do all the dirty work in the trenches. It’s funny, I went back and read this post for last year’s draft class and I could have copied that intro and it still would apply today. The Patriots need help at the most important position along the line, Left Tackle. Last year, I thought it would be prudent for the team to draft a Tackle just in case Solder did indeed leave in Free Agency. To their credit, the team did, but that succession plan has not worked out yet. Solder is now gone and the position is an unknown. The interior of the line is young and still has its growing pains, but the group is solid. Again, we could see the team look to add some youth as a long term back up plan.

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Prospect Interview: Deontez Alexander

April 15th, 2018

Deontez Alexander is a big play threat from Franklin college & an even better person. Get to know the prospect a little better ….

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