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Draft Battle: Rashaan Evans vs. Leighton Vander Esch

If you have been following the draft closely, two names you might have heard come up for the Patriots are Rashaan Evans and Leighton Vander Esch. Both are talented first round linebackers that can fill a huge need. If both are available at pick 23, who would be the best pick for New England? I analyze and compare both players in this first installment of Draft Battle. Measurables Evans Height: 6’3″ Weight: 234 lbs Vertical Jump: 30.0 inches Broad Jump: 116.0 inches 3-Cone Drill: 6.95 seconds 20 Yd Shuttle: 4.36 seconds *Evans chose not to run the forty on Alabama’s Pro Day because he did not want to be defined as one single position. This caused his draft stock to fall as many teams made their way out there especially for that. Vander Esch Height: 6’4″ Weight: 256 lbs 40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds Bench Press: 20 reps Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches Broad Jump: 124.0 inches 3-Cone Drill: 6.88 seconds 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.57 seconds Analysis For every category Evans did participate in, Vander Esch performed better. One thing the Patriots defense lacked was that second-level athleticism. At a pure physical standpoint, Vander Esch takes the cake. ADVANTAGE: LVE Playstyle Evans Rashaan Evans is a fierce versatile linebacker who can excel at wherever he is placed on the field. He displays a consistent use of power and...

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The Biggest Steal of the Draft Might Not Be Who You Think

“Long ago, in the far away land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods, extraordinary heroes, and greatest and strongest of all these Heroes was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Now, that is what our story…”  Okay, okay. I know that is the wrong Hercules, but hear me out. Hercules Mata’afa could be one of the biggest draft steals this year. He is a defensive linemen that lists at 6’ 1” and 254 pounds. You read that right. Mata’afa has been doubted all his life because of his size. However, that didn’t stop him from leading the Pac-12 for tackles for loss and sacks. How is it this compact player can do this? Analysis For starters, Mata’afa was a state finalist in wrestling. This allows him to possess more power than his frame displays. He also shows a quick initial burst that constantly lets him win against offensive linemen. Mata’afa has a level of effort and toughness that is unmatched on the football field. All of this translates to a hard-working productive player on the football field. There has been a lot of confusion on where he would play in the NFL. Teams don’t see how he can be playing the interior defensive line, which is the place where he is most productive from. They also are worried...

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Julian Edelman is a True Patriot

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination  and hard work,” as said by retired four-star general, Colin Powell. Sweat, determination, and hard work is what got Julian Edelman where he is today. He came into the NFL as a seventh-round quarterback out of Kent State. Now, he is a star wide receiver with two Super Bowls to his name. He made this illustrious transition because he took action to achieve success. Julian Edelman is a true Patriot, not only for this organization, but for the country. Photo Credit: Getty Images The Story Recently, Julian Edelman took action on a matter unrelated to football. The wide receiver just potentially saved lives. According to the New York Times, he received a DM from one of his followers that read, “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section saying he is going to shoot up a school, I think you should alert the authorities.” Edelman notified his assistant who then called 911. They located the boy in Port Huron, Michigan. The 14-year old had admitted to posting the threat and two rifles belonging to the mother were also found. He is now in a juvenile-detention center. Thoughts Edelman, and the person who notified him, are both heroes to this country. The fact is that the boy could have shot up a school and killed people. People with...

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