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Thoughts on the NFL Draft and Patriots Free Agency

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

You can stop the talk right now. Brandon Browner isn’t moving to Safety.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

This past week was one of the most exciting periods for the New England Patriots and their fans especially in terms of player acquisition. Unlike most years where the Patriots let the market come to them, Coach Belichick attacked the free agent market with a sense of urgency and landed real impact players. The free agent transactions have a real effect on the Patriots draft needs and their strategy entering the draft. Even though free agency is only week old, it’s time to breakdown the moves already made and look ahead to what’s next for the Patriots.

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2014 NFL Draft Close-Up: Notre Dame Nose Tackle Louis Nix III

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III plays with force rarely seen in a nose tackle prospect, and NFL scouting departments have taken note. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

In the coming weeks and months leading up to the 2014 NFL draft, NEPatriotsDraft.com will profile college prospects that potentially fit the needs and draft seating of the New England Patriots. In this first installment, we will take a closer look at the film behind Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III.

Louis Nix III won’t win a track meet. He won’t run a 40-yard dash in under 5.2 seconds, either. But his 6’2”, 342-pound mass, multiplied by his downhill quickness off the snap, has equaled force for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense.

And largely due to his fulfillment of Isaac Newton’s second law, the 22-year-old redshirt junior finds himself ranked as the top nose tackle prospect in the 2014 NFL draft. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Post-Senior Bowl Patriots Mock Draft

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Upgrading the run defense should be the Patriots priority early in the draft. 

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

With the Patriots season coming to a screeching halt last weekend, it seems NFL Draft fever has hit New England fans in full force. My inbox fills up daily with questions asking who the Patriots will pick or which prospects are “Patriot” type players. This year the Patriots hold their full allotment of selection (slight alteration) and I anticipate them to add at least two compensatory selections. With the team so close and the window on the Tom Brady era inching closed, there’s no denying the importance of adding impact players through this draft. Between now and May (ugh), plenty of speculation, rumors, and inuendo will occur, but as of January 25, this is how I project the Patriots draft to unfold.

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2014 NFL Draft: What I’m Watching in Week Two

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Louis Nix III

Louis Nix III could be Vince Wilfork’s eventual replacement.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

After an interesting week one of the college football season, we get to watch football on Saturday and Sunday this week. Here are the three things I’ll be watching most on Saturday – I think you know what I’ll be watching on Sunday.

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First Impression: Louis Nix III (DT, Notre Dame)

Friday, July 12th, 2013
Louis Nix III

Louis NIx III could be Vince Wilfork’s eventual replacement.

NEPD Contributor: Wayne B. Jones

Multiple front defenses have become popular in the NFL today. New Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis is implementing a “multiple” unit defense for the upcoming 2013 season. But in New England Bill Belichick has been using a multiple front defense (scheme) for many years.

The New England Patriots scheme flexible defense is a hybrid 3-4, 4-3 alignment. The key to the success of this system is flexibility of personnel. To be able to effectively switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 to a dime defense and other multiple sets requires versatility at nearly every position. Players have to be able to run, cover and hit. Linemen have to be strong enough to hold the point in the 3-4, but get up field in a 4-3. Defensive backs have to be very good in zone coverage but efficient in man coverage when needed. This system requires a special skill set and an above average football IQ.

A 2014 NFL draft prospect that best fits New England’s scheme is Notre Dames Louis Nix III (6’3”, 326).

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