2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Josue Matias, G, Florida State

January 27th, 2015
Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Florida State interior offensive lineman Josue Matias is expected to be one of the top guards selected in the 2015 NFL draft. He opted out of this year’s Senior Bowl, taking away the opportunity for scouts to comparing him in live action alongside many of the other top senior guard prospects in this year’s class, but he still has a chance to be a high draft pick.

Currently, there aren’t any players in the NFL who were born in the Dominican Republic. Matias, who came to the U.S. at six years old, stands to be the first. A force in New Jersey high school football and then for the Seminoles, Matias has the tools to continue to be successful at the next level.

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Buffalo Bills Hire Six New Assistant Coaches, Retain Four Others

January 26th, 2015
Anthony Lynn is one of 13 coaches on the Buffalo Bills' new staff who was with the New York Jets in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Anthony Lynn is one of 13 coaches on the Buffalo Bills’ new staff who was with the New York Jets in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan continued filling out his coaching staff for the 2015 season Monday, as the Bills officially hired six new assistants while they also retained four coaches from Doug Marrone’s 2014 staff.

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25 Standouts, 15 Disappointments from the 2015 Senior Bowl

January 25th, 2015
Clive Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Clive Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Three days of practices and Saturday’s game later, the 2015 Senior Bowl is complete. More than 100 NFL draft hopefuls, including a number of players with a real chance to be first-round picks, participated in this year’s event in an effort to improve their draft stocks.

While the practices are considered to be more important than the game—and all the Senior Bowl activities still are not considered to be as important as what a player showed in his college career—this past week in Mobile will have a real effect on who goes where and when in the draft this April.

In the following rundown, we take a look at which players had the best and worst weeks in Mobile. Note that the following rankings are not a ranking of the order in which these players should be drafted—they are simply indicative of which players helped or hurt themselves the most with their performances at the Senior Bowl.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 3 Report: Practice Notes and Player Quotes

January 22nd, 2015
Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The North and South teams returned to Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Thursday for one final day of Senior Bowl practice, and essentially the players’ final chances to make a good impression or change negative perceptions about them, as most NFL scouts, coaches and personnel executives will have left town long before the game is played on Saturday.

Many of Thursday’s standouts, including USC linebacker Hayes Pullard and Miami tight end Clive Walford, had already performed well on Tuesday and Wednesday and simply furthered their draft stock rises by capping off fantastic weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson and East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden were among those who failed to take advantage of their opportunities to elevate their draft stocks.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 2 Report: Practice Notes and Player Quotes

January 21st, 2015
Ladd-Peebles Stadium was host to both Senior Bowl practices Wednesday. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Ladd-Peebles Stadium was host to both Senior Bowl practices Wednesday. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Full pads came on Wednesday as the North and South squads for this year’s Senior Bowl took the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for their second of three days of practice.

While there were some top prospects who continued to underwhelm on Wednesday, many other players had performances on Day 2 that should help bolster their stocks for the 2015 NFL draft.

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