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Potential Patriots: Six Early-Round Picks Who Could Improve Porous Secondary

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Robert Lester Cam Newton

Robert Lester could be a Patriots target in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

If you’re a New England Patriots fan, you should be tired of hearing about the Patriots needing to draft cornerbacks and safeties in the upcoming year’s NFL draft. Unfortunately for the Patriots, bad secondary play continues to be a problem, and the personnel they currently have in the defensive backfield is plagued by substandard play.

Dating back to the 2007 NFL draft, the Patriots have drafted seven defensive backs in the first two rounds, including at least one in each of those six drafts, but the Patriots have yet to solve their secondary problems. Many of those players are no longer with the organization following disappointing stints in New England (Brandon Meriweather, Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler) while others are underperforming (Patrick Chung, Ras-I Dowling).

Therefore, it isn’t just an expectation, but also a necessity, that the Patriots will draft another defensive back in the first two rounds in the 2013 NFL draft.


2013 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: West Virginia vs. Texas

Monday, October 8th, 2012
Tavon Austin Kenny Vaccaro

Tavon Austin vs Kenny Vaccaro was just one of the great matchups in this game. (Photo; US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Fresh off an 8 touchdown game Heisman front runner and potential top 5 pick Geno Smith faces his toughest competition yet vs. a very good Texas defense. Not only could this game decide the Big XII and vault West Virginia into the National Championship picture, it could catapault Geno Smith to the top of draft boards.

The Texas defense is loaded with talented players, many of whom are sure to be drafted high in the NFL draft. Read my scouting notes on the game to see how Geno Smith fared against a talented defense, unlike any he has faced this season.


2013 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Texas vs Ole Miss

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Texas Ole Miss NFL Draft

Bevo and the Texas Longhorns were too much for Ole Miss. (Photo: US Presswire)


NEPD Editor: James Christensen

In a blowout over the porous Ole Miss defense, the Texas Longhorns showed off a quick strike offense and an opportunistic defense.

Here are how the 2013 NFL Draft prospects performed, including four potential top 100 picks on defense.


Kenny Vaccaro: Longhorn Safety Makes our Short List

Saturday, June 16th, 2012
Kenny Vaccaro 2013 NFL Draft

Kenny Vaccaro is an under the radar defensive back. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Texas strong safety Kenny Vaccaro opted to return to school for his senior season rather than join the weak safety class in the 2012 NFL Draft; unfortunately there are a number of highly-regarded safeties eligible for the draft this year who could be competing with Vaccaro for draft positioning.

Matt Elam (Florida), Robert Lester (Alabama), T.J. McDonald (Southern California), Bacarri Rambo* (Georgia), and Eric Reid* (Louisiana State) are all considered potential first or second-day picks.


Scouting the 2013 NFL Draft: Texas A&M vs Texas (2011)

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Sean Porter Patriots Draft

Could Sean Porter be the next top ten pick from Texas A&M?


NEPD Editor: James Christensen

At least six potential first round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft were on the field for the 2011 Texas vs Texas A&M game. Luckily for scouts, four of them happened to be matched up against each other for the majority of the night.

Read on to see how the prospects performed.

Check out our Scouting Database to read more about 2013 NFL Draft Prospects.


Scouting the 2013 NFL Draft: Oklahoma vs Texas

Friday, May 11th, 2012
Jackson Jeffcoat Patriots Draft

Is Jackson Jeffcoat going to be a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft?


NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Oklahoma and Texas are (shocking) loaded with draftable football players, including some underclassmen with first round potential on the defensive side of the ball.

If you’d like to take a look at more 2013 NFL Draft Prospects, check out our 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Database.


Film Room: Texas vs California

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Keenan Robinson 2012 NFL Draft

Keenan Robinson is an intriguing option for NFL defenses. (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

There were lots of mid-round defensive prospects out on display in the Holiday Bowl this year between Texas and California.

All of the best prospects on the field were underclassmen that we’ll be touching on in later years in Keenan Allen for Cal and Jackson Jeffcoat, Jaxon Shipley and Quandre Diggs for Texas.

As for the 2012 NFL Draft prospects, here they are:


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