Posts Tagged ‘Matt Elam’

2013 NFL Draft: Five Over-Valued Prospects

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
Jarvis Jones 2013 NFL Draft

Jarvis Jones is an explosive prospect… but is he over-valued?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

As I mentioned earlier this week during my five under-valued prospects, we’ll be starting an exclusive Play The Draft league for readers of our network of sites this Monday.

Here are five prospects that I’d recommend staying away from putting on your Play The Draft team this season.

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2013 New England Patriots Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Is Johnathan Hankins the next piece added to the rebuilt Pats DL?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The NFL Draft season moves full steam ahead with the Combine kicking off later this week in Indianapolis. All eyes will be on the top prospects and how they look going through drills. Unlike in past years the Patriots only hold five selections, meaning they have to make them all count. The team is extremely close to being championship caliber and I expect them to be aggressive and active this off-season. Here is a look at how I believe the draft could play out if it were held today.

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2013 NFL Combine Week: Draft Prospects With Something to Prove

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Matt Elam Florida Safety

Matt Elam has a lot to prove at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

NEPD Contributor: Peter Bukowski

Fans and sports media tend to get more excited about the NFL Combine than the average NFL team. Sure, teams still fall victim to so-called workout warriors (See: Poe, Dontari 2012), but the reality is most teams rely more heavily on what they see on the field than in this workouts.

What makes the combine great is players will surprise you. We knew Chris Johnson was fast at East Carolina, but all-time fast? His workout took him from a second round pick into the first with his explosiveness.
Workouts, whether outstanding or underwhelming, will usually make teams go back and look at the tape. You want the workout to underscore what you’re seeing on film.

The combine gives players a chance to show they have better speed than their film indicates, or perhaps they’ve gotten stronger and put on weight since they were playing.

While it isn’t the be all and end all, the combine does mean a lot at stake for the 300 or so college prospects who are lucky enough to attend. We took a look at prospects with the most to gain and the most to lose with their performance at the combine starting next week.

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Matt Elam Scouting Report

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Matt Elam Florida Safety

QB / RB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DT / DE / OLB / ILB / CB / SAF

Prospect: Matt Elam, SAF, Florida
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 207
Grade: 6.9 (Grading Scale)

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Post-Senior Bowl 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Loyko

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Robert Woods 2013 NFL Draft

Is Robert Woods just what the Patriots need? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Last Updated: February 5

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Patriots 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Championship Weekend

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Matt Elam Florida Safety

Will there be another Florida connection this year with strong safety Matt Elam? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

As the Patriots ready themselves to take on the Baltimore Ravens this weekend in the AFC Championship game, here is a mid-week diversion to tide you over.

Here is my current projection on how the Patriots will tackle the 2013 NFL Draft.

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2013 NFL Draft: Potential Patriots in the Sugar Bowl

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Matt Elam Florida Safety

Matt Elam is part of the fantastic safety class for the 2013 NFL Draft. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Sugar Bowl features a young up and coming Louisville team led by QB Teddy Bridgewater, who could be vying for a top five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bridgewater and the Cardinals will face the Florida Gators and a defense that is just loaded with NFL players at each position.

The Patriots have had a pipeline in at the University of Florida in the past. This year with the quality and caliber of players they will be producing this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball, you can bet that the Patriots will be watching these players closely.

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