Posts Tagged ‘NFL Draft’

September 10th Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Could Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio be reunited with former teammate D.J. Fluker in San Diego? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With football season officially underway, it’s time to take an initial look at how the 2014 NFL Draft may play out. The draft order used for this mock is based on Vegas’ projected win totals, featuring my own predictions for the AFC and NFC Championship Game participants, as well as the Super Bowl participants.

Last updated: September 10th, 2013

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New England Patriots 75-Man Deadline Connections

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Despite a disappointing career thus far, waived-injured wide receiver Joe Adams would be an interesting addition to New England’s roster. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Following Tuesday’s deadline, in which NFL teams were required to reduce their rosters to seventy-five players, the free agent market has expanded, potentially opening the door for new additions to New England’s roster. The team signed nose tackle Gilbert Pena yesterday, and plenty of interesting players remain available. Read on for a list of players New England has shown interest in during the pre-draft process (dating back to 2009) or at the pro level, as well as for a list of speculative connections who make sense despite no official contacts (to my knowledge.) Keep in mind that this list is incomplete and may not include all connections.

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April 10th Three-Round Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson could succeed Randy Starks in Miami. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With just over two weeks remaining until the 2013 NFL Draft, it’s time to take another look at which direction teams may be looking to go in over the draft’s first three rounds. Read on to find out where this year’s top prospects are being projected.

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Three-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft (Matthew Jones)

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Could West Virginia’s Tavon Austin be joining Cam Newton in Carolina this April? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With the first wave of free agent signings complete, it’s time to take another look at what may happen in this April’s 2013 NFL Draft, taking into account the repercussions of what has transpired so far in free agency. Read on to find out how recent events may have reshaped organizational draft strategies.

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Patriots Mock Draft: Another Defensive-Minded Draft Approaching?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Cornellius Carradine could remind Bill Belichick of Chandler Jones. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

New England may unfortunately enter the 2013 NFL Draft with more needs than draft picks, having traded away their fourth, fifth, and sixth-round selections in deals for Aqib Talib, Albert Haynesworth, and Chad Johnson, respectively. The Patriots could use young wide receiver talent, depth along the offensive line and defensive front seven, and starters in the defensive backfield. Read on to find out how they might choose to allocate their draft selections in order to address these areas of their roster.

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Scouting Manti Te’o and Notre Dame’s Top 5 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Manti Te'o Notre Dame

Manti Te’o is an impressive all-around linebacker.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are making as much noise as any program in college football through the first four weeks of the season. The Fighting Irish are off to a 4-0 start. With an impressive set of wins already including back-to-back victories over Big Ten powers Michigan State and Michigan, Notre Dame looks like they are finally back to being one of college football’s top contenders.

The No. 10 Fighting Irish have talent on both sides of the ball as well as on special teams, but it is their defense that is making them a contender. Notre Dame ranks fourth nationally with only 9 points allowed per game, and are 16th nationally in total defense with 291.3 yards allowed per game.

The leader of that defense is senior inside linebacker Manti Te’o. If you’re a college football fan, you’ve known who Te’o was since he became an immediate star as a freshman at Notre Dame. If you’re an NFL fan, you should get to know him soon.

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Should California Wide Receiver Keenan Allen Be a 1st-Round Pick in 2013?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Keenan Allen Patriots

Is Cal WR Keenan Allen worthy of a first-round look? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

As of now, it does not appear that there will be any Justin Blackmon, A.J. Green or Julio Jones in the 2013 NFL draft class. While all three of those receivers were college superstars who established themselves as top-10 draft picks, there is not even one sure-fire first-round draft pick yet among draft-eligible wide receivers.

There are a few players, however, getting hype as the potential No. 1 wide receiver in the draft class, and one of those players near the top of the list is California junior Keenan Allen. With that said, however, it may not even be safe to say that Allen should be a first-round draft pick, assuming he declares for this year’s draft.

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