Scouting Report: Marcus Hardison, DT

February 18th, 2015
How high can this explosive defensive lineman go in the draft?

How high can this explosive defensive lineman go in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I have moved away from the corner back position (for now) and refocused my attention to the defensive lineman in this year’s draft class.  Hardison’s name has come up quite a bit in conversations with other draftniks as someone who might fit the profile of a Patriots-type player, so I decided to give him a look to see if I agreed or disagreed with their assessment. Read on to find out. Read the rest of this entry »


Position Rankings: The Cornerbacks

February 16th, 2015
Who will be ranked #1 in my cornerback rankings.

Who will be ranked #1 in my cornerback rankings.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

If you have read any of my previous work, you know that I have been giving you my thoughts on individual players in this years draft up to this point.  Over the past few months though, I have watched many players and have been jotting down notes for them as well.  I know that many of us like to see mock drafts and player rankings, so today I thought I would give you my rankings and some brief thoughts on the cornerbacks that I have had a chance to watch throughout this draft process.  I started with cornerbacks because for me, this is one of the longer positions to watch.  If possible, I like to watch their full game instead of just cutups.  I like to see how they react when the play does not go their way and if I can pick up anything else in regards to technique or effort when they are not necessarily involved in the play. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Kevin White, CB

February 12th, 2015
Even if Revis stays, is corner a position that could be looked at in the draft for the Patriots?

Even if Revis stays, is corner a position that could be looked at in the draft for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

As Patriots fans, we learned this season just how important it is to have great corners.  Darrelle Revis showed us that having a true shutdown corner can elevate a team from a contender to a champion.  We have all heard the saying you can never have too much of a good thing, well that applies to corners in the NFL.  Even if the Patriots do keep Revis (please do!) that doesn’t mean they are set at the position.  Alfonzo Dennard took a big step backwards this year and Logan Ryan had more bad moments than good.  Even Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is still an unknown commodity that may struggle to make the team next season.  I have been focusing this week on corners trying to get my positional rankings done(look for that article later this week), but I thought I would highlight one more player. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Jalen Collins, CB

February 9th, 2015
Big corners have become all the rage in the NFL in recent years.

Big corners have become all the rage in the NFL in recent years.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I have a huge problem.  This weekend the family and I made the 4 hour trip back to Iowa to watch the Iowa State Cyclones basketball team destroy Texas Tech and oh yeah, to visit friends and family as well. It was fun, but the whole time I kept thinking to myself how I kind of wished I was back home watching film.  Fast forward to now (3:30 am Monday morning) and here I am watching tape and writing up this report. Hopefully my blood shot eyes and bad attitude about not being able to sleep did not skew my opinion of today’s report on Jalen Collins. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE

February 4th, 2015
Odighizuwa may be hard to pronounce, but it is not hard to see why scouts like him so much.

Odighizuwa may be hard to pronounce, but it is not hard to see why scouts like him so much.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think I may have found my first “binkie” of this years draft class.  Most of you know what the terms means, but just in case, let me give you my version of what draft “binkie” means.  This is a player or players that you fall in love with and think are a perfect fit for your team.  “Binkies” can do no wrong and the team should do whatever they must to insure this player is on the team.  These players do not necessarily have to be early draft picks, in fact, most are later guys with crazy athleticism or size that you think your favorite team could develop into a star.  I got lucky last year as the Patriots did indeed draft one of my “binkies,” Dominique Easley.  I had him rated as the 4th best player in the entire draft and didn’t care about the health problems.  This year, another player with health concerns has entered “binkie” status, will I get lucky two years in a row? Let’s find out why I like Owamagbe Odighizuwa. Read the rest of this entry »


Scouting Report: A.J. Cann, OG

February 3rd, 2015
If the Patriots decide to draft offensive line early, A.J. Cann might be a nice option.

If the Patriots decide to draft offensive line early, A.J. Cann might be a nice option.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Anything exciting happen over the weekend? Oh yeah, that boring Super Bowl game that no one watched was on I guess.  What a snoozer, right?  I won’t lie, I rode an emotional roller coaster that I thought was going to kill me.  I was just glad the night could end with me doing snow angels out in the front yard just like in 2001.  Like Belichick probably has done already, we too must move on to next season (maybe not just yet, I have the Patriots marathon on the TV as I am typing this.) The ending to the Super Bowl was great, but the game was far from perfect and this team has plenty of areas it can improve upon, so today I went back and watched some more guard play.  A.J. Cann was a guy that jumped off the tape for me, so lets break him down. Read the rest of this entry »


Landscape of the Patriots

February 2nd, 2015
Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty will be the key to a successful off-season.

Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty will be the key to a successful off-season.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Super. Bowl. Champions.  At one time in Patriots history, it would have seemed impossible.  During others, it was more of an expected right.  Nonetheless, Tom finally got number four.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking about how he will get number five.

It’s been a long difficult road since the Patriots Super Bowl 39 victory over Philadelphia.   Since then, the Patriots have won more games and division championships than any other team in the league.  But something was missing.  Every year come the beginning of February, there was a certain agony of disbelief. Read the rest of this entry »







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