Posts Tagged ‘2015 NFL Draft’

Eyes on the Competition : Baltimore Ravens

Thursday, April 9th, 2015


The Ravens almost stopped the Patriots' Super Bowl run before it got started in 2014.  Have they done enough to get over the hump?

The Ravens almost stopped the Patriots’ Super Bowl run before it got started in 2014. Have they done enough to get over the hump?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In the past it was the Colts.  The natural geography and Rex Ryan would scream it was the Jets.  But in recent playoff years, the Baltimore Ravens have been the Patriots’ biggest rival come January, and arguably the Pats’ biggest competition to earn the AFC crown.

Last year’s divisional round playoff game was arguably the greatest in Gillette Stadium’s history.  The only game to compare in my opinion was the 2011 AFC Championship game against…the Ravens.

I’m not sure if Joe Flacco is in cruise control throughout the regular season, or just simply doesn’t care.  Maybe he plays against himself every week in some undisclosed fantasy football league. (more…)

2015 Patriots Draft Contacts

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The Patriots have had Pre-Draft Contact with the following 2015 NFL Draft Prospects:

PW – Private Workout
PDW – Pro Day Workout
OV – Official Visit
CI – Combine Interview
U – Unconfirmed Contact (Interview, Workout, Etc…)


On To The Draft: 2015 Patriots Mock Draft

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

New York Jets v New Engalnd Patriots

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Holy hell, that just happened didn’t it? The New England Patriots’ fourth rings fits as well as the first, earned after a year full of roller-coaster emotions. Don’t expect Bill Belichick to celebrate the win too long, however.

He is most certainly “On to the 2015 NFL Draft.” Here is one way the Patriots could attack the draft this April.


32 Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2015 Senior Bowl

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
LSU OT La'El Collins might be the best prospect in the Senior Bowl.

LSU OT La’El Collins might be the best prospect in the Senior Bowl.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2015 Senior Bowl kicks off Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama signaling the official start to NFL Draft Season and I’ll be down there providing as much coverage as possible. As is the case every year, this game and week of practice is loaded with future NFL starters. All 32 NFL teams will migrate to Southern Alabama in hopes of finding the next Russell Wilson, Jamie Collins, or Kyle Long.

This game only invites the cream of the crop to participate in the festivities, meaning that every player that shows up has a legitimate shot to make a name for themselves in the NFL. Here are 32 prospects in particular I’ll be keeping a close eye on next week in Mobile.


2015 New England Patriots Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

Sunday, 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.


Scouting Report: Benardrick McKinney, ILB/OLB Mississippi St. vs. South Alabama

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Week 3 of the college football season lacked the high profile matchups that we were lucky to have in the first 2 weeks. There were some exciting games, like a certain rivalry game in the state of Iowa (editor’s note: BOOOO), and some exciting players that were on display.

Bernardrick McKinney is a guy that I have been intrigued by purely from a height, weight, and speed perspective. I had very little exposure to him up to this point, but I had heard some good things about his game and I wanted to check it out for myself.  It was a mixed bag for me of both good and bad, and some things that I just didn’t expect, so lets break it down a little further.


Scouting Report: Leonard Williams, DE/DT USC vs. #13 Stanford

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I try to avoid reading about or watching highlights of a player that I am going to be scouting so that I can form my own opinion. When I turned on the tape of the USC vs. Stanford game and saw that Leonard Williams was dealing with a high ankle sprain and may not play, I thought I was going to have to go to plan B.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know what plan B was.  I continued to watch and was relieved to see him out there on the 1st play.

When Williams was flat on the ground and struggling to get up by play 3, I was once again thinking about my nonexistent plan B. I decided that I needed to break my rule and  look to see if I could find a snap count for Williams in the game. The first headline to pop up said something along the lines of “Williams dominant despite injury.” I knew then that I was in for a treat.

Here are my observations from the game.


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