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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Michael Bennett has versatility that gives him the potential to excel in any defensive scheme. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Very few NFL teams feature a strictly 3-4 or 4-3 base defense, as most employ a multi-front scheme where players are able to line up in different spots and show the offense a variety of looks.

Having players with the versatility to function in multiple spots, and in a variety of roles, is extremely valuable in being able to move players around and show different looks on defense. That versatility is what an NFL defense could get from Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Duke’s Jamison Crowder could be the next small but dynamic wide receiver to be a high selection in the NFL draft. (Photo: Mark Dolejs — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

If you don’t think there’s a place and demand for small explosive receivers in the NFL, you haven’t been paying attention to the first rounds of the last two drafts. In 2013, the St. Louis Rams traded up with the Buffalo Bills to acquire the No. 8 overall pick and select Tavon Austin, a West Virginia product who is listed at 5’8” and 176 pounds. In similar fashion, the New Orleans Saints traded up seven spots to the No. 20 overall pick in this year’s first round to draft 5’10″, 189-pound Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

Listed at 5’9” and 175 pounds by Duke’s official athletics website, senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder is built similarly to Cooks and Austin while possessing a comparable skill set to the recent first-rounders.

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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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