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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Film Room: Carl Davis (DT, Iowa) vs UNI

Friday, September 5th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Week one of college football has come and gone. There were a lot of great games played over the weekend and some impressive individual performances as well. One such player was Carl Davis from Iowa. 

As you may or may not know, I am an Iowa State grad and this weekend did not go as I would have hoped for the Cyclones. Add to the fact that I am scouting a Hawkeye for my first report, and you can imagine this was not an easy pill to swallow.  It did not take long though for me to forget about the uniform that Carl Davis was wearing and enjoy what I saw on film.  Let’s break this down a little further.

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2015 NFL Draft: Previewing the Defensive Landscape

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Last week, I wrote an article previewing the offensive side of the ball as it relates to next year’s draft class. This week, let’s talk defense.

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Saturday Slate: Week 1 Matchups to Watch in College Football

Monday, August 25th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

The overreactions can be heard for miles.  Talk radio, school message boards, and hobby shops nation wide are blown apart by one meaningless release: the AP top 25.  Fans of schools at the top are already crowning themselves, while the un-ranked schools of the world  have their fan bases’ already up in arms (I’m looking at you Texas).  

However through all the meaningless chaos, one glorious fact is upon us: College football is around the corner.  Opening weekend always provides some great, highly anticipated match ups.  Lets highlight a few, along with the individual prospects you should be paying attention too.

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