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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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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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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
In the midst of another productive season, UCLA's Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

In the midst of another productive season, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Eric Kendricks, who led the UCLA Bruins in tackles and the Pac-12 in tackles per game in 2012 and 2013, is the senior leader for a strong defense which has helped the team start 4-0. A honorable mention all-conference selection and UCLA’s co-captain in 2013, the 6’0″, 230-pound middle linebacker is off to a very strong start this year.

Kendricks was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after a season opener against Virginia in which he totaled 16 tackles, forced a fumble (returned for a touchdown by a teammate) and returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. In total, Kendricks has already accumulated 47 total tackles this season.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Cedric Reed, DE, Texas

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Cedric Reed has been highly productive for the Texas Longhorns but has some limitations to overcome as an NFL prospect. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

Cedric Reed has been highly productive for the Texas Longhorns but has some limitations to overcome as an NFL prospect. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

For the first time since 1937, the Texas Longhorns had zero players taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cedric Reed hopes that was just a fluke.

Following in the footsteps of former teammates Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, senior defensive end Reed is the focal point of a rejuvenated Texas defensive line under new head coach Charlie Strong. Listed at 6’5″ and 272 pounds by Texas’ official athletics website, Reed has great size for his position. An edge defender in Texas’ 4-3 scheme, he gives offenses a multitude of reasons to game plan for him.

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