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NFL Scouting Combine vs. Patriots Draft Picks: A Four-Year Study

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Illinois’ Michael Buchanan hit New England’s criteria at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. And he fit the draft board as a seventh-round flier that April. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The NFL Scouting Combine is what it is.

It is a way to meet prospects off the field and evaluate how their game film translates on the field. It is not a be-all, end-all in determining a draft hopeful’s future, but it is a way to compare and contrast physical and athletic measurements in a neutral environment.

And when teams apply their respective criteria to the subjects at hand, trends are the byproduct, as Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have evidenced over the last several years.

The Patriots personnel department has drafted 36 players since 2010. The collection consists of two quarterbacks, two running backs, three tight ends, four wide receivers, three offensive tackles, one center, three defensive ends, two defensive tackles, six linebackers, five cornerbacks, three safeties and a punter.

Six of whom had to wait until their pro days, while 30 of whom were invited to Indianapolis.

But courtesy of the and archives, here’s a closer look into their vital numbers by position. Because while we do not know what the future will bring this May, history is often a trajectory of the future. (more…)

2014 NFL Combine Preview: Potential Patriots at Each Position

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

LSU RB Jeremy Hill will be one of the players the Patriots watch closely in Indy.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

It’s always difficult to identify which prospects the Patriots will target in the draft. Most of the time it’s hard enough trying to figure out which needs they might try to fill. For that reason the combine brings excitement, anticipation, and over-analysis as fans and media try to determine which players their team will be focused on.

This week in Indianapolis there will be players on the field that will play for and make an impact on the Patriots next season, it’s inevitable. It is our job to try and figure out which ones that will be. Here is a position by position breakdown of prospects the Patriots could be watching closely at the combine.


2013 NFL Regional Scouting Combines Overview

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Wait… there is more than one combine?

NEPD Contributor: Evan Brennan

A hot topic that is on a lot of player’s minds is the Regional NFL Combines.
The Regional Combines run from early February into late March. They occur at various locations from Hawaii to New Jersey.

They all culminate with the Super Regional Combine in Indianapolis on April 7th.


2013 NFL Mock Draft: NFL Combine Edition

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
DeAndre Hopkins Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins could be exactly what the Patriots are looking for. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated February 25th

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is right around the corner, here is my prediction of how the 2013 NFL Draft will play out before the prospects put on their track uniforms.


NFL Draft Prep: Media and the PR Game

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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How are agents trying to affect the NFL Draft?

NEPD Contributor: Evan Brennan

As the NFL Draft season approaches, agents by nature will seek to promote their players as much as they can through the media. The reasons for such endeavors are: to gain publicity for the possibility of possible off-the field revenues and opportunities, to provide a means by which those in the scouting world can better grasp who the player is and what he is about, and so that the public at large can also do the same.

Like large and well-run corporations and brands know, a good public relations effort can generate good will and support from diverse factions that can prove fruitful down the road.


Road to the NFL Combine: How Will Agents and Players Be Preparing?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
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What are NFL Draft prospects doing right now?

NEPD Contributor: Evan Brennan

As NFL hopefuls finish their respective bowl games and seasons, they turn their attention to the prospects playing at the next level. Many find themselves being courted by various agents who wish to garner them as clients.

One of the key talking points of these negotiations that can have a dramatic effect on players’ careers, is where the player will train for the NFL Combine and his school’s pro day.


Drafting Running Backs: A Patriots Case Study

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Stevan Ridley Patriots RB

When the Patriots drafted Stevan Ridley, what measurables were they looking for?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Bill Belichick may not draft running backs often, but when he does he knows what he’s looking for.

Since the Hoodie took over in 2000, the Patriots have drafted just seven running backs, which includes two last season.

As part of our continuing Patriots Case Study series, I am going to dissect exactly what those attributes are that the Patriots seem to be looking for.


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