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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Jake Fisher has a chance to emerge as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top offensive tackle prospects. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

Jake Fisher has a chance to emerge as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top offensive tackle prospects. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Evaluating offensive prospects from Oregon is always difficult because unless they are drafted by Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, their NFL offensive system will differ drastically from the Ducks offense. Many have raised concerns about the legitimacy of quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and potentially the 2015 NFL draft’s No. 1 pick, arguing that he plays in an offense where receivers are often wide open and anybody can complete passes.

Offensive tackle Jake Fisher falls into the same trap. Mariota doesn’t drop back a lot to pass, and the line is almost never asked to form a true pocket for longer than two or three seconds. We can only judge Fisher’s ability in pass protection from the first couple of steps he takes. Is he good, or is he good for two seconds?

Fisher was a backup guard in 2011, his freshman season, but got reps in 13 games. He became the starter at right tackle in 2012, and kept that role all the way up to this season, when he moved over to the left to protect Mariota’s blind side after an injury to Tyler Johnstone. This year, he’s burst himself onto the NFL draft scene with some eyebrow-raising performances at left tackle against top teams, including most recently the Florida State Seminoles.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
The all-time FBS leader in receptions, Justin Hardy projects to the NFL as a slot receiver. (Photo: James Guillory — USA Today Sports)

The all-time FBS leader in receptions, Justin Hardy projects to the NFL as a slot receiver. (Photo: James Guillory — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

There was some controversy when East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, the Football Bowl Subdivision’s all-time leader in receptions, was left off of the semifinalist list for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award. He was the 2014 winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top former walk-on.

Hardy surpassed former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles this year for the record in career receptions, and currently has 376 with one more game to go in his final season. Going into the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3, Hardy leads the nation in receptions per game (9.17), is sixth in receiving yards per game (111.2) and is 20th with nine receiving touchdowns.

The third-team Associated Press All-American has accepted a Senior Bowl invite, and will look to continue to elevate his draft stock.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Kevin Johnson is emerging as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top cornerback prospects. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

Kevin Johnson is emerging as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top cornerback prospects. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson has become a popular name among NFL scouts and draft analysts over the course of the 2014 college football season.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Auburn DT Gabe Wright

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Gabe Wright's quickness makes him an NFL prospect at defensive tackle. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

Gabe Wright’s quickness makes him an NFL prospect at defensive tackle. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The Auburn University football team, which made a run to the final BCS National Championship game last year, has had many players who have heavily contributed to that success and have the potential to do so in the NFL. Among the players drawing attention from scouts with the possibility of playing Sundays in the future is Gabe Wright, who plays defensive tackle for the Tigers.

A four-year player who was an AP All-SEC honorable mention in 2013, Wright has excellent skills that will translate to the next level.

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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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