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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

While there were a record number of underclassmen that declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, Vic Beasley was not one of them. Projected as a first-round pick by many, Beasley decided to return for his senior year at Clemson and possibly improve his draft stock even more.

After totaling 13 sacks as a junior, Beasley already has eight this year. Playing mostly as a 4-3 defensive end in Clemson’s defense, Beasley also has played a significant amount of time from a stand up position as an outside linebacker. He has an elite skill-set that allows him to rush the passer from a multitude of positions and alignments.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 8: Kevin White Emerging as Nation’s Best Receiver?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
West Virginia star wideout Kevin White will look to continue his excellent senior season against Baylor on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

West Virginia star wideout Kevin White will look to continue his excellent senior season against Baylor on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Now that we are in the thick of conference play in the college football season, marquee matchups keep presenting themselves to the delight of draft analysts and collegiate fans alike. Unbeaten teams Florida State and Notre Dame face off this week, ensuring one of them will suffer its first loss of the season, while undefeated teams Baylor and Mississippi will try to avoid letdowns against unranked opponents. The chaos and drama of college football continues this week and the NFL’s next crop of players are battling for their respective teams and draft stock.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position's first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position’s first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Ameer Abdullah, who is fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 878 rushing yards after six games in his senior season, is making his case to be the first running back taken in the first round of an NFL draft since 2012.

Abdullah has competition at the position, as Georgia junior Todd Gurley and Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon also drawing first-round buzz, but he has done plenty to put himself in the conversation through the first half of his final collegiate season.

The Nebraska offense goes through Abdullah, who has proven himself this season as a workhorse who can contribute in multiple capacities.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Danny Shelton has emerged as a prospect to watch for the 2015 draft with a highly productive start to his senior season. (Photo: Joe Nicholson — USA Today Sports)

Danny Shelton has emerged as a prospect to watch for the 2015 draft with a highly productive start to his senior season. (Photo: Joe Nicholson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Entering the seventh week of the college football, Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton is tied for third in the nation with seven sacks and third outright with 10 tackles for loss.

Those numbers are typically reserved for edge defenders, not nose tackles listed at 6’2″ and 339 pounds.

Playing a position at which he is responsible for two gaps and consistently sees double teams, his production is incredibly valuable.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 7: Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley Face Off

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
This weekend's marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he's the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

This weekend’s marquee matchup with UCLA will be an opportunity for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to show he’s the top quarterback in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

This past weekend was the most exciting weekend of college football that I can remember in a long time. This week offers similar intrigue, featuring five games between teams who are both ranked in the top 25. Beyond that, there are several other matchups to keep an eye on with major conference implications.

From an NFL draft perspective, the attention should be on Oregon and UCLA, as two quarterbacks with high first-round aspirations will take center-stage. Before breaking them down, there were some great individual performances from last week to highlight.

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