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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tape is Better Than Their Tools

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Chris Borland isn’t the biggest or fastest linebacker, but he makes plays every time he is on the football field. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

In an ideal world, every prospect would have the prototypical size and athletic ability that scouts envision to play a given position, but that is far from the case. Despite that, every year rookies who didn’t check an important box still succeed at the professional level. Whether it’s Anquan Boldin and his 4.72-second 40-yard dash dominating at wide receiver, or London Fletcher playing linebacker at a high level for 16 seasons at a height of 5’10″, limited physical traits do not preclude a player from NFL success.

The 2014 NFL draft class has several players who perform well on tape but lack the desired physical tools for their positions.

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2014 Boston College Pro Day: Notes and Quotes

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Boston College held its pro day for its 2014 NFL draft hopefuls at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Running back Andre Williams, offensive tackle Matt Patchan and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis were among the Boston College players trying to prove their values to NFL teams during BC’s pro day inside Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Wednesday.

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2014 UConn Pro Day: Full Results, Analysis and Quotes

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The University of Connecticut’s football training facility played host to the program’s pro day on Tuesday, March 11. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

12 NFL hopefuls worked out in front of representatives from at least 27 NFL teams at the University of Connecticut’s Pro Day at the Burton Family Football Complex and Shenkman Training Center in Storrs, Conn. on Tuesday.

The Buffalo Bills had one team representative in attendance.

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Why Should An NFL Team Draft You? Ohio State Pro Day Edition

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton expects to continue being a leader for an NFL team. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Back at the Senior Bowl in January, I asked more than 20 NFL draft prospects why each of them thought they should be drafted by an NFL team.

I did the same at Friday’s Ohio State Pro Day, on which I wrote a full report yesterday. While I didn’t have a chance to ask the question to all 16 of OSU’s NFL hopefuls, the following are the answers I received to a simple-but-direct question: “Why should an NFL team draft you?”

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2014 Ohio State Pro Day: Notes and Quotes

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde was back on the field Friday at Ohio State’s pro day, where he did positional work only. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

15 potential 2014 NFL draft picks from Ohio State, plus a 2013 undrafted free agent and at least one prospect from another school, participated in Friday morning’s 2014 OSU Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The crowd included Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

In total, representatives from all 32 teams—approximately 80 NFL coaches, scouts and/or administrative personnel, according to an OSU press release—were on hand to watch a promising group of prospects, each of whom participated in Friday’s event to a varying degree.

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