2015 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

December 29th, 2014

 

Tampa Bay will get the first shot at selecting the Oregon Quarterback.

Tampa Bay will get the first shot at selecting the Oregon Quarterback.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Another NFL regular season is in the books and it’s time to shift focus to NFL Draft Season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by former Patriots Personnel man Jason Licht own the #1 overall pick followed by the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Oakland Raiders. As things stand right now there is a good chance Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be taking his talents to the West Coast of Florida, but after that this draft is filled with question marks and uncertainity. Here’s how the 2015 NFL Draft could look four months from now with one caveat — everything will change.

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Scouting Report: Shaq Thompson, LB/S

December 28th, 2014
There is a lot to like about Shaq Thompson's game, but would he make sense for the Patriots?

There is a lot to like about Shaq Thompson’s game, but would he make sense for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

First off, I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  It was a great early gift last Monday night when the Broncos lost and gave the Patriots home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  The Patriots go into week 17 without the pressure of having to win, but they need to use this week to clean up some things, especially on offense.  Again, the offensive line has looked out of sorts and the defense didn’t exactly look its best either so I decided to focus on someone who could potentially help out the defense this time around. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Christian Lombard, OT/OG

December 27th, 2014
Could Lombard be a mid to late round option for the Patriots to help out on the O-line?

Could Lombard be a mid to late round option for the Patriots to help out on the O-line?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With the Patriots earning a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, it is hard to be anything but optimistic that they could make another serious run at the Super Bowl.  Over the last few weeks though, we have seen a return of some shaky and inconsistent play, especially along the offensive line.  If they cannot right the ship, it could be the difference of whether or not they hoist another Lombardi trophy.  For this report, I decided to once again focus on a versatile offensive lineman with experience at both tackle and guard. Read the rest of this entry »


2014-15 Draft Prospect All-Underrated Team

December 23rd, 2014

 

Vince Mayle leads the All-Underrated team while carrying his Cougars in 2014 with 106 catches, 1483 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Vince Mayle leads the All-Underrated team while carrying his Cougars in 2014 with 106 catches, 1483 yards and 9 touchdowns.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

As the regular season ends and bowl preparations are in full swing, it would seem to me certain player are being over looked heading into the offseason.  The All-America and All-Conference title is a prestigious honor.  It represents a season of hard work and capitalizing on opportunities.  But every year, certain guys fall through the cracks. Let’s see who makes the 2014-15 Draft Prospect All-Underrated team.

QB: Sean Mannion, Oregon State:  A pro-style passer with an easy natural throwing motion, Mannion hasn’t had the senior campaign he would have liked (15 TDs, 8 Int).  However if you can look past his horrendous offensive line, one would see a NFL arm with great touch.  He needs to improve his anticipation of throws as well as his overall accuracy.  However given the right situation, I think Mannion could develop into a player who could potentially start down the road. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 New England Patriots Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

December 21st, 2014

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots are right in the middle of the Super Bowl hunt, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking for ways for this team to improve in 2015. Regardless of which free agents return to New England next year, the Patriots will have a deep team to go with a considerable amount of draft capital.

Bill Belichick already used some of that capital to acquire key veterans in the middle of the season (Ayers, Casillas), but with the loses of Aqib Talib, Logan Mankins, and Brandon Spikes, the Patriots will have a cache of valuable draft picks at their disposal in April.

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Scouting Report: Ty Sambrailo, OT/OG

December 17th, 2014
Could Ty Sambrailo be a good fit for the Patriots along the offensive line?

Could Ty Sambrailo be a good fit for the Patriots along the offensive line?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Another season, and another AFC East championship.  The Patriots have much loftier goals though, and in order to achieve them, they need to find a cure for their offensive line struggles.  There has been inconsistent play all across the line, but the left side (at both guard and tackle) is where we see a majority of the protection issues. This brings me to today’s prospect, a player who has played multiple positions on the offensive line.  Is he a good fit?  Let’s find out.

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Bill Belichick: Dual Threat as GM and Coach

December 14th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell 

I’ll admit it, I was wrong. Early on in the year, it appeared as though Bill Belichick’s duties as GM had put the New England Patriots’ season at risk. However, after a few shrewd moves, Belichick has the team back on track and primed for a Super Bowl run. With risk comes reward, and while the Patriots in-season moves were not guaranteed to work out, they’ve provided the team with a lift.

At the beginning of the season the Patriots were painfully thin at linebacker, and when Jerod Mayo went down in Week 6, that need bordered on crisis. However, as the Patriots have proved time and time again, it was next man up, and Dont’a Hightower rose to the challenge and hasn’t looked back.

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