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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Scouting Report: Pharoh Cooper, WR

February 15th, 2016
How would fans react if the Patriots took another undersized Wide Receiver early in the draft?

How would fans react if the Patriots took another undersized Wide Receiver early in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

What do the Patriots need? Who will the team let go, resign, or pick up in free agency? There are so many questions that have to be answered before the picture will become clear. When it comes to the Patriots and the Wide Receiver position, the picture is very tough to decipher. Will Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola be back? What about former 2nd round pick and often injured Aaron Dobson? We always hear, watch what the Patriots do, not what they say. Well, when the new league year begins, we should start to get a better idea of whether or not the picture is going to stay the same or if we will be looking at something new this year. If they do decide to clean house and bring in some new blood, one player that might fit the mold of a Patriot’s Wide Receiver is Pharoh Cooper. Here are my thoughts on what I saw from him on tape.

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Scouting Report: Deion Jones, LB

February 11th, 2016
Would the Patriots consider taking an undersized LB early in the draft?

Would the Patriots consider taking an undersized LB early in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Is Linebacker the biggest need for the Patriots? Probably not, but in my opinion it is a position that could and should be addressed either in free agency or in the draft.  The Patriots have two young and talented guys, but after that, the waters muddy a bit. With that in mind, I decided to watch a Linebacker that lacks in size, but not in talent.

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