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Analyzing Athleticism: Should Pats Fans be Worried about the Jets Grabbing Mariota?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

Should Pats fans be worried about the Jets grabbing Mariota? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

I’m baaaaaack! It’s been a long time since my last post, but it’s almost Draft day! I’m trying to shift my focus into more analytical work and his piece is in that vein. I have looked into this topic a lot lately and will have more to come soon, but since we’re nearing Thursday night I’ll keep it short and hopefully more relevant to the moment. We’ll be taking a look at athleticism and how to measure and quantify its impact on a prospect’s overall potential at the next level. Hint, its really tough. And if there’s too much text, skip to the pretty pictures! (more…)

Scouting Report: Tyrell Williams, WR

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
With Williams' impressive athletic traits, he could be an interesting option for the Patriots at wide receiver.

With Williams’ impressive athletic traits, he could be an interesting option for the Patriots at wide receiver.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Today, I look at another prospect that the Patriots have shown interest in and that Bill Belichick worked out personally.  Obviously coming from a small school out west, I had not heard of Tyrell Williams until the article that linked him to the Patriots came out.  After doing some research though, you can see why there would be interest from the Patriots. Here is what I saw from Williams. (more…)

The Best Receiver You Don’t Know About

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

Vince Mayle could be the crown jewel of the middle rounds.

It could be the fact that he plays football in Pullman, Washington, where the normal national television audience misses most of his games.   It could be the fact that as recent as 2010 he was playing basketball for a community college.  Potentially, it’s because people view him as “a system guy”, whatever that means anymore. Combine these factors with the phenomenal depth of this wide receiver draft class, and it can be easy to see why Vince Mayle has not been receiving much attention. (more…)

The Curious Case of Dorial Green-Beckham

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Who exactly is Dorial Green-Beckham?

Who exactly is Dorial Green-Beckham?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

By now you know the name, however you probably don’t know the full story.  As one of the highest rated high school prospects ever, Dorial Green-Breckham was once a consensus 5 star recruit by every national rating service.  His physical ability is overwhelming.  If you were to create a wide receiver in Madden, you would probably create a player with a similar stature to Green-Beckham.  At 6’6 and 225 lbs, his frame alone is enough to beat most defensive backs. Add in the legitimate 4.40 speed with leaping ability, and we have a monster on our hands. (more…)

Saturday Slate: College Prospects to Watch in Week 10

Friday, October 31st, 2014


NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

All hail Amari Cooper. Granted the Tennessee pass defense isn’t exactly the 2001 Patriots, but nonetheless the star junior receiver caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. He ran crisp routes, snatched the ball out of the air, and boy can he run after the catch. A night to remember for Cooper.

SEC Spotlight: I’ve been a fan of Mississippi State RB Josh Robinson for some time now, and I think he’s finally getting some of the recognition he deserves. Against a good Kentucky front 7 Robinson ran for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns, including two of the most impressive runs I’ve seen all year. He shows great balance, vision, and eye discipline consistently. He averaged over 8.5 yards per carry; that should say it all.


Potential Patriots: Washington DL Danny Shelton

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Adam Bodgan

I will start off by saying Danny Shelton is not a flashy player. He will not wow you with body crushing hits, he won’t blow past offensive linemen with his speed, and he won’t be making jumping interceptions. What he will do is be a big body in the interior of the defensive line that will command two blockers and provide a sturdy run stopping presence with the ability to get after the quarterback as well. At 6’2″, 340 lbs, he is a very similar player to someone we have grown to love in New England: Vince Wilfork. He currently ranks 27th on Matt Miller’s Bleacher Report top 50 big board for the 2015 draft.


The Turf Report Mid-Season Rankings: Upperclassmen on Patriots’ Radar

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Northwestern

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon could join former teammate James White in New England’s backfield next season. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

With the Turf Report taking the past couple weeks off, figured it would be appropriate to return with some mid-season rankings. Lets take a look at who’s stood out from the pack, and which amateur backs might be donning a flying Elvis on their helmet next fall?

Last Sunday’s season ending knee injury to Stevan Ridley has cast some uncertainty in Foxborough as to what the Patriots will do after this season at running back. Both Rildey and Shane Vereen are impending free agents, and there’s no guarantee either will return after 2014. The following are potential Junior and Senior prospects that should be appealing to New England this spring. I broke them down into three tiers and detailed the ones that could land on Belichick’s radar.


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