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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Big Board: version 1.0

February 8th, 2016
Who will be around when the Patriots finally get on the clock?

Who will be around when the Patriots finally get on the clock?

I thought it might be a good idea to get a feel for who will be drafted and who might still be on the board when the Patriots make their first pick at 60, so I went ahead and put together my top 60 big board.

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Scouting Report: Le’Raven Clark, OT

February 5th, 2016
If the Patriots don't see Offensive Tackle as an immediate need, then maybe Le'Raven Clark could be an option.

If the Patriots don’t see Offensive Tackle as an immediate need, then maybe Le’Raven Clark could be an option.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think one thing we can all agree on is that throughout the 2015 season, the Patriots offensive line didn’t play real well. There were several factors that led to this, but one thing is for sure, it needs to be fixed. Can that happen with the guys currently on the roster? Maybe, but if not, then the draft is the most likely place to find that help. With that in mind, I decided to give Texas Tech offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark a closer look and here is what I saw on tape.

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Scouting Report: Xavien Howard, CB

February 4th, 2016
Howard might not be a household name at CB, but if you watch his film, that might change.

Howard might not be a household name at CB, but if you watch his film, that might change.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, you knew it was only a matter of time before I went back to scouting a Cornerback. The funny story is, I was actually scouting another guy when Xavien Howard caught my attention. I decided to switch gears and check out a few more games of a relatively unknown guy in the draft.

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Scouting Report: Bronson Kaufusi, DE

February 2nd, 2016
Kaufusi might not be a house hold name....yet.

Kaufusi might not be a house hold name….yet.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I will admit that Bronson Kaufusi was a guy who I did not know very much about until Senior Bowl week. After I saw his measurements and the way he handled himself in practice, I wanted to learn more. I sat down and watched some BYU games over the past few days, and here are my impressions of Kaufusi.

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