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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

You’ll hear from multiple analysts that the 2015 NFL draft is the year of the pass-rusher, with players projected from the top of the first round to the middle rounds that have the pass-rush skills team might be looking for. While a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, pass-rushers are what disrupt them and are a valuable commodity.

Lorenzo Maudlin, a pass-rusher from the University of Louisville, has put on a great showing during his collegiate career and is among that great group of pass-rushers going into the 2015 draft. Playing as an outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 scheme, Mauldin has good measurables for the position, standing at 6’4″ and weighing 252 pounds according to Louisville’s official athletics website. At Louisville he’s totaled 101 tackles, 18.5 which have been for a loss, and 21 sacks.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: LSU OT La’el Collins

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
La'el Collins projects as one of the 2015 NFL draft's top offensive line prospects. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

La’el Collins projects as one of the 2015 NFL draft’s top offensive line prospects. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

At the beginning of the 2014 college football season, there were three offensive tackles that found themselves at the top of many early draft rankings. However, all three have dealt with their own issues and their draft stocks have fallen.

Cedric Ogbuehi, who is following in the footsteps of recent top-six overall draft picks Texas A&M tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews (who have struggled so far in the NFL) has struggled in pass protection. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff has a history of injuries. Stanford junior Andrus Peat has shown that he may be a developmental project and a product of his system than an NFL-ready tackle. These players’ lackluster 2014 seasons could lead to another offensive tackle, LSU’s La’el Collins, shooting up draft boards.

A senior at LSU, Collins has experience playing both guard and tackle in college. According to LSU’s official athletic website, Collins measures in at 6’5″ and weighs 321 pounds. He originally started off at guard until his junior season, when he slid over to left tackle, where he has played the last two years.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: West Virginia WR Kevin White

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft's top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft’s top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Each year there are a few prospects that have little to no draft expectations about them but skyrocket their stock during the season. Last year, we saw Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles go from no-name to No. 3 overall pick and current starter of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This year, it’s wide receiver Kevin White from West Virginia.

A junior college transfer from Lackawanna College, White had a quiet first season at West Virginia in 2013, totaling only 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns. He had little to no talk about him as a prospect.

This year, White has been flying onto big boards. He has 72 receptions, the second-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision, for 1,047 yards, the third-most in the FBS. He’s accounted for a third of his team’s touches through the air and about 38 percent of their receiving yards.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 9: Devin Funchess Takes on Michigan State

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Can you believe the season is entering week nine? Time really flies when you are having fun and football season is truly the most fun time of the year.

The upcoming week’s slate of games lacks the marquee matchups of previous weeks, but plenty of rivalry games and key conference contests await. Teams with playoff aspirations will want to avoid letdowns and the picture is becoming more and more clear as to what the nation’s top prospects’ tools and traits have developed to be. The time to iron out deficiencies is winding down. Putting out solid performances is a must with so much at stake down the stretch for teams and prospects alike.

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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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