Posts Tagged ‘2015 NFL Draft’

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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Potential Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft: Kurtis Drummond

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Adam Bogdan

There are few remaining questions in the Patriots defensive backfield. Devin McCourty mans one of the safety positions, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner man the outsides, and Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, and Logan Ryan fill in the holes.

But there is one spot that doesn’t appear to have a clear cut starter, and that is the second safety position. (more…)


Patriots’ State of the Backfield: 2014 and Beyond

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Shane Vereen

Is this Shane Vereen’s last year in New England? (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

What qualities do the Patriots care about most in a running back?  

Is it the ability to pick up a blitz? Or what about the obvious speed, vision, power, and ball security?  All of those may be in play, but if you look at it from a front office standpoint it seems to be all about the almighty dollar.  

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2015 NFL Draft: Previewing the Offensive Landscape

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Many people dread their birthday after a certain age, but not me.  Each year, in late July, I get excited just like when I was a kid, because I get the same gift every year–Patriots training camp, followed by college camps. That’s right, it is the gift of football.

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