Potential Buffalo Bills Targets in the 2015 NFL Draft: Running Backs

July 4th, 2014

Melvin Gordon projects as one of the top running back prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Josh Cornwall

One season into the Doug Marrone/Doug Whaley era in Buffalo, a foundation has been laid to finally get the floundering Buffalo Bills franchise out of the AFC East basement and into the playoff picture. The excitement surrounding the franchise now is different than it has been in recent years because of the quality of youthful talent littered across the depth chart.

Still, two dilemmas face the current Bills’ regime on the not-so-distant horizon that could hinder their long-term plans.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

July 2nd, 2014

Cedric Ogbuehi could be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but the senior offensive tackle has a long way to go in his development. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Texas A&M has had at least one player drafted among the top 10 picks in each of the past three drafts, including two offensive linemen. Another lineman, senior offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, could extend that streak in 2015.

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Kiko Alonso’s “Significant” Knee Injury Could Affect Entire Buffalo Bills Defense

July 1st, 2014

After a phenomenal rookie year, Kiko Alonso is expected to miss the Bills’ entire 2014 season with a knee injury. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

On the field for every Buffalo Bills defensive play in 2013, Kiko Alonso won’t see a single snap in 2014.

Bills general manager Doug Whaley announced Tuesday night that linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Pro Football Writers of America’s choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, suffered a knee injury while working out in Oregon.

“We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it might be significant,” Whaley said of Alonso’s knee injury in his statement.

Both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport have reported that Alonso has a torn ACL. Should that be the official diagnosis, Alonso will almost certainly be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Literally an every-down player as Buffalo’s middle linebacker in 2013, Alonso was set to move to weakside linebacker this season as the Bills move to a 4-3 based defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. What almost certainly wasn’t going to change, however, was Alonso’s status as the star and leader of the Bills’ linebacker group.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Marquise Goodwin

June 23rd, 2014

Marquise Goodwin made his share of big plays as a rookie wide receiver. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Put the ball in Marquise Goodwin’s hands and big things can happen. The speedy wide receiver only made receptions in seven Buffalo Bills games as a rookie, but five of those games included a receiving play of more than 20 yards. There are certainly a few defensive backs that tried to cover Goodwin in 2013 who would attest that speed kills.

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

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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