2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota

January 6th, 2015
David Cobb has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top running backs after a strong senior season. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

David Cobb has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top running backs after a strong senior season. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Although it has to be seen whether a running back will be in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, in what could be the third year in a row without one, the running back position is among the deepest in the upcoming draft class. There are many ballcarriers who could be selected on Day 2 or early on Day 3 and have an immediate impact on the team that drafts them, and one of them is Minnesota’s David Cobb.

A senior and two-year starter at Minnesota, Cobb has accepted a Senior Bowl invite. According to the Gophers’ official athletics website, Cobb measures at 5’11″ and 220 pounds. His thick legs and overall stocky build fits the mold of him as a player, a north-south runner with power.

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

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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After Doug Marrone’s Disappearing Act, Pegulas Must Fix Identity of Buffalo Bills

January 4th, 2015
Terry and Kim Pegula hold the keys to the future of the Bills organization. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Terry and Kim Pegula hold the keys to the future of the Bills organization. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Josh Cornwall

New Year’s Eve was an eventful evening at One Bills Drive for the second time in three years, except this time the loss of a coach wasn’t exactly on the team’s terms. Doug Marrone opted out of his contract as Buffalo Bills head coach just two years in, forcing the team into another extended coaching search while kickstarting a whirlwind of information surrounding the Bills’ now-former head coach.

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

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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Reports: Bill Polian Decides Not to Join Buffalo Bills Front Office

January 1st, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Yesterday, we relayed a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that Bill Polian, the former general manager of the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills and a finalist of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015, would be joining the Bills as their new team president/”football czar” this offseason. That reported was refuted Thursday by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who confirmed that Polian, a current employee of ESPN, will not be taking a job in Buffalo.

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