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Mike Loyko’s 2014 Mock Draft

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Less than 3 weeks until the Commish takes the podium and announces the first pick.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Less than three weeks from the 2014 Draft and there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding who goes where. The first two rounds are expected to be more action-packed than ever. With supreme talent throughout the top 100, it will be interesting to see how teams position themselves to land the player they covet.

This year’s draft revolves around two players 1) Jadeveon Clowney and 2) Johnny Manziel, where they get selected will have an enormous trickle down effect on the rest of the first round and beyond. Here is my latest attempt to project how the 2014 NFL Draft will play out.

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2014 NFL Draft Close-Up: UCLA Offensive Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Xavier Su’a-Filo’s journey has ventured beyond football. But on the field, the UCLA Bruin has become one of the top offensive linemen in the country. (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 third installment, we will take a closer look at the film behind UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Xavier Su’a-Filo is carved from a different mold.

That mold turned the 6’3”, 285-pound offensive lineman into a three-year starter at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, where the Thunderbirds won a state-record 36 consecutive games behind Su’a-Filo’s road-paving blocks.

Recognition followed.

He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state by Rivals.com. He was branded a top-35 prospect by ESPNU. He was named a first-team All-American by EA Sports. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game.

Su’a-Filo was a four-star recruit, but he was also an Eagle Scout and a member of the LDS Church. And after enrolling at UCLA and starting a school-record 13 games as a freshman left tackle in 2009, after being named a Phil Steele second-team Freshman All-American and a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection, he decided that football could wait.

So he left to serve a two-year Mormon mission. It was a mission that would lead him across the country to Florida and Alabama. It wasn’t until winter of 2012 that the 6’3”, 305-pounder returned to school in Los Angeles.

No. 56 picked up where he left off. (more…)




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