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Prospect Preview: Hawaii v. Cal

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Top Prospect Cal QB Davis Webb

Top Prospect Cal QB Davis Webb

College Football is nearly back and I don’t know if I could of waited another weekend. While the full slate of games won’t be kicking off for another week, this weekend we get Hawaii v Cal on Friday night from Sydney, Australia. While this match-up may not knock your socks off, there are a number of good reason to watch this game.

The first of which is that the Pac-12 North Division is wide open and with Cal’s offensive weapons they could certainly make a run at the division title. However, they need to replace QB Jared Goff and they are hoping that Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb can be that guy.

For Hawaii this is the first game for new Head Coach Nick Rolovich who was a former Hawaii QB. Rolovich is highly thought of and the one thing that many people expect is that he will improve an offense that was anemic last year.

Here are the prospects to know and watch in this game: (more…)

Analyzing Athleticism: NFL 2015 WR Class

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine and earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

Nowadays analytics and statistics are part of the vernacular teams and even fans use to discuss sports. Finally numbers have been given the attention they deserve, although some (hey Charles Barkley!) are very skeptical. To me, all analytics do is provide data. That’s it. Numbers on a page mean nothing, it’s all about the context and application of those numbers. This article is by no means as sophisticated, statistically speaking, as I’d like but until I get the requisite training to do more advanced work, I’ll do what I can. Hopefully this will be insightful or at least interesting enough to get you thinking about how we can effectively data from the Combine to help evaluate prospects. Maybe the answer is the entire process is overblown. Maybe the current battery of drills are ineffective at delineating anything significant. Maybe we don’t look for the right attributes. Or maybe, we are given a wealth of data that can be used in some small way to inform our decisions. Maybe.


CJ Sousa’s 2015 Patriots Specific Big Board

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The national holiday that is the NFL Draft is just around the corner.  If you’re anything like me, you have looked at 4,291 mock drafts, 782 big boards and filled out some countless mock drafts on your own.  Not because you are actually thinking that is how the real draft will go, as we know it takes just one trade to throw a whole entire mock draft off.

It’s kind of like the movie Jack Frost.  Snow dad is better than no dad.  Truly, fake NFL drafts are better than no NFL drafts.  Rest easy fans, the real deal is around the corner. (more…)

Eyes on the Competition : Miami Dolphins

Friday, April 17th, 2015


Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?


NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Miami Dolphins.   The Dolphins have wheeled and dealed, as well as mortgage the farm in the process for some immediate success.

The crown jewel of the 2015 Free Agency class, Ndamukong Suh, bolted the Motor City for South Beach inking a cool six year $114,375,000 contract.  I expect Suh to have an obvious and immediate impact on the defensive front, making an already solid defensive front one of the best in the league.

That wasn’t the Fins’ best move this offseason though, not even close.  (more…)

The Quarterback Report: Week 1

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Breaking down the biggest quarterback observations from week 1 of the college football season.

NEPD Staff Writer Jack Andrade 


Jameis Winston's brilliance overshadowed his struggles in Week 1.

Jameis Winston’s brilliance overshadowed his struggles in Week 1.

The Winston Conundrum

Jameis Winston is going to be picked apart for every little thing he does on and off the field at Florida State, as he’s become a college celebrity much like Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. So when Winston’s flaws shine through, you can expect the naysayers to raise their voices higher, while the Winston supporters conveniently make their argument known after he flashes the talent that won him the Heisman Trophy last year as a freshman.

As someone who seems to fall in the middle of the Winston argument, I can objectively say that I was not impressed at all with his performance Saturday night against Oklahoma State. I think Winston made some poor decisions and didn’t have the same poise and consistency that we saw so often last season.

Of course, his touchdown scamper in the third quarter is what blew Twitter up, with national media tweeting their worship of Winston for his remarkable run.

This angers me as an evaluator because I felt that given that a) Winston had not been playing well and b) Florida State was not exactly comfortable nursing a slim second half lead all night. But, again like Manziel, Winston has the rare ability to make one incredible play that makes people lose their minds and forget about the other factors at play.

Like Manziel, Winston is brilliant. Like Manziel, Winston is going to have off the field debates raged by people who have never met the kid.

I still think Winston has the ability to be a first round pick, and I’m certainly not going to worry about one bad game on his resume. I just wish people could look at his entire body of work Saturday night instead of ogling over his moment of brilliance. It’s what I hope to do with The Quarterback Report: provide the type of objective analysis you can’t get from big national outlets.

2 of the more respected football analysts I follow were similarly perplexed with Winston’s sub-par performance.


A No-Win for Bryce Petty?

Baylor’s Bryce Petty had no trouble picking apart SMU’s defense in his one half of action Sunday, as the Bears blew out the Mustangs 45-0. However, the rumblings around this year’s senior QB class lead me to think Petty might be in a no-win situation.

Following his 32 TD, 3 interception campaign from last year, Petty was my top rated senior QB in this class by a decent margin based on 2013 tape. He’s got an NFL arm and is supposedly a 4.6 athlete in the 40 yard dash, and his production at Baylor has been outstanding.

It seems, however, that Petty has already made his friends and his enemies among scouts, and no amount of success this season will change many of the doubters minds. Art Briles’ spread offense does not require the QB to take snaps under center or make many complicated reads, so projecting Petty to the NFL is all based on whether his skill set will allow him to be successful in an NFL scheme that will ask a lot more of him “upstairs.”

For those evaluators who slight Petty for being a product of Briles’ system, there’s nothing Petty can do to convince everyone he’s a first round prospect. It only takes one team to fall in love, as they say, but I think without a doubt Petty will be polarizing among scouts and evaluators next spring.


Missed Opportunity for Keeton

Chuckie Keeton has a pretty sizable base of evaluators who think he could emerge as the top QB in the senior class, but the Utah State signal caller struggled to get much going in the opener against Tennessee.

Keeton is a dual-threat and his recovery from an ACL injury in 2013 is paramount to his success this season. While I hesitate to hold one bad game against a prospect, the reality is Utah state’s schedule likely won’t afford him a better opportunity to put good tape together against a defense as talented as Tennessee’s.

Keeton finished 18-35 for 144 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. His receivers did little to help him out and Utah State was clearly outmatched on both sides of the ball in the 38-7 defeat. Here’s to hoping Keeton can rebound and lead the Aggies to a strong Mountain West Conference campaign and earn himself a bowl game against a power conference defense.


Kenny Football?

It didn’t take long for Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill to make his mark on the SEC, as the heir to Johnny Manziel broke Johnny Football’s single game passing record with a phenomenal debut at South Carolina on Thursday night.

Hill threw for 511 yards and 3 touchdowns on 44-60 passing in the Aggies’ surprisingly easy 52-28 dismantling of the Gamecocks. It was an awesome debut considering the hostile environment and the pressure of following in Manziel’s footsteps.

A true sophomore, it’s a tad early to start projecting Hill to the NFL game. If he continues to make the loss of Manziel insignificant for A&M, however, there’s a chance the undersized Hill (6‘1” 215) could be the third Aggies QB selected in the first round this decade in 2016 or 2017.


Gardner, Golson Look Sharp

Both Michigan and Notre Dame received strong debuts from their quarterbacks Saturday, and that alone makes next Saturday’s rivalry game all the more intriguing.

Gardner disappointed last season in his first full year as the starter. Garner tossed 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and scored another 11 TDs on the ground last year, but poor performances in the second half of the season against Michigan State, Nebraska, and Iowa doomed the Wolverines’ hopes for a quality season following a 6-1 start.

Golson was ineligible to play last Fall because of his academic probation from Notre Dame. He helped the Fighting Irish reach the National Championship Game as a sophomore in 2012.

Both Gardner and Golson had fantastic individual performances Saturday, albeit against cupcake defenses (especially Gardener against FCS Appalachian State). For all the promise both showed as prep stars and underclassmen, the two seniors are now playing for a shot at NFL relevancy and if both can deliver again this coming week, Michigan/Notre Dame will be must-see.


Stat Stuffers

Highlighting the best box score lines among top QB prospects this week.

  • Cody Kessler, USC: 25-37 passing, 394 yards, 4 TDs in 52-13 win over Fresno State
  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 14-20 passing, 267 yards, 3 TDs; 6 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD in 62-13 win over South Dakota
  • Connor Cook, Michigan State: 12-13 passing, 285 yards, 3 TDs in 45-7 win over Jacksonville State
  • Shane Carden, East Carolina: 26-37 passing, 283 yards, 3 TDs in 52-7 win over NC Central.
  • Devin Gardner, Michigan: 13-14 passing, 173 yards, 3 TDs in 52-14 win over Appalachian State.

The Quarterback Report: Preseason 2014 Rankings

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

NEPD Staff Writer Jack Andrade

Hello readers, and welcome to the first installment of the Quarterback Report. The QB Report will be breaking down the top quarterback prospects in the nation throughout the 2014 college football season, with weekly stat recaps, film study analysis, and a stock watch as the season progresses.

Here is a look at my preseason quarterback rankings for the 2014 class. I’ve included my top 10 seniors, my top 5 draft eligible underclassmen, and some notes accompanying each player.


October 11th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Incredibly athletic tight end Eric Ebron would help Miami create mismatches against New England. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With another week of games in the books, it’s time to reconsider the 2014 NFL Draft; read on to find out where everyone’s currently being projected. Note: no redshirt sophomores are included in this mock.


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