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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Denzel Perryman has the upside to become an NFL starting linebacker, but he has to prove himself as a three-down prospect in his senior year. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Denzel Perryman, who has been at least a part-time starter in all three of his seasons on the Miami defense, took over a full-time role as the Hurricanes middle linebacker in 2013. Perryman relished that opportunity and ended up being the team’s defensive MVP and a first-team all-ACC selection. In his standout junior season, Perryman racked up 108 tackles and five tackles for loss. Across 34 career games with 24 total starts, Perryman has tallied 241 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Friday, June 13th, 2014

As one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2015 NFL draft class, Brandon Scherff could be a very high draft selection. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With ten offensive tackles being selected in the first round over the past two drafts, the position has cemented itself as a premium in the NFL. General managers are prioritizing having a pair of bookend tackles who can solidify their offensive line.

Iowa’s Brandon Scherff is one of the offensive tackle prospects who is likely to be looked at early in the 2015 NFL draft.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will contend to be the top cornerback in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Coming off back-to-back first-team all-Pac-12 selections, Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu enters 2014 as one of the most talented cornerbacks in the nation. With two years of starting experience already under his belt, he is an impressive football player who is putting together a quality resume on the field.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Brandon Spikes Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Brandon Spikes could be a much-needed presence in the middle of a run defense that has consistently struggled. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills have finished among the NFL’s bottom five in run defense in every season since 2009. As part of their effort to stop that trend, the Bills agreed to terms with former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been rated by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) as the NFL’s No. 1 inside linebacker in run defense in each of the past two seasons, on a one-year deal.

A large factor in the Bills’ inability to stop the run has been their inconsistent play from the linebacker position. Spikes, along with Keith Rivers and two draft picks, were added this offseason to provide consistent play at a position group that has been lacking stability in recent years.

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The 2014 All-Undrafted Team

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Although a knee injury didn’t stop Henry Josey from a productive 2013 season, it did lead to his going undrafted. (Photo: Spruce Derden — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a draft class that had been heralded as deep by people both inside and outside the league, we knew all along that there would be talented players to go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Putting together an annual All-Undrafted team can be a challenge some years, as there are typically at least a couple positions where the well of draftable talent had run dry. Not this year. The difficult part of selecting this year’s best undrafted players wasn’t finding players worthy of the recognition, but rather deciding which players to leave off.

The following selections represent the prospects who bring the best skill sets and potential to the next level among the undrafted pool. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best chances to make the rosters of the teams who signed team, as some players have entered more favorable depth charts than others, but all of these players have enough ability to build a sustained NFL career.

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