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Ryan Talbot’s Final First-Round NFL Mock Draft

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Jake Matthews lands with the Buffalo Bills in Ryan Talbot’s first-round mock draft. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Just when I thought I was done with all forms of mock drafts, they pull me back in. The 2014 NFL draft is just one day away, so to celebrate in a sick and twisted way, I mocked the first round of the draft. Using the latest draft talk and look at team needs, I put together my first and only full first-round projection for the 2014 draft.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Tackles

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald is the star of this year’s defensive tackle class. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

There are plenty of talented defensive tackles available in the 2014 NFL Draft but the group as a whole lacks players with a complete skill set. Some of the prospects are stout run defenders who lack pass-rush ability; others are undersized prospects who are good penetrators but will struggle to hold up against NFL defensive linemen.

Aaron Donald headlines the defensive tackle class. Donald is an explosive penetrating defensive tackle who wrecks havoc on the interior. Donald has incredible first-step quickness and strength out of his stance that is troubling for guards to handle. He has quick, violent hands which he utilizes to beat his opponent. He has the strength to dispose of blockers and make plays in the backfield.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Marino’s Seven-Round Projections (4/12/14)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Value and need make Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the Houston Texans’ best choice for the No. 1 overall pick. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I don’t recall a draft with more mixed opinions, projections and grades than this year’s, which should make for an exciting draft in May that is full of unpredictability. With one of the deepest draft classes I have evaluated, there is talent to be had in every round and ample opportunity for teams to fill holes and acquire talent.

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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 3 (Defensive Line and Linebackers)

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Aaron Donald was the star among defensive linemen at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Pat Lovell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Monday’s on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine featured the draft’s best defensive line and linebacker prospects as the depth of the draft continued to prove itself in workouts. While no prospect was able to officially record a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash, there was plenty of speed and athleticism on display alongside a few disappointments.

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2014 Senior Bowl Ask the Players: Why Should an NFL Team Draft You?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas confidently believes he is one of the 2014 NFL draft’s best quarterbacks. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though some might be projected to be selected much higher than others, every player who has participated in this week’s Senior Bowl has a legitimate chance to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

For a prospect to convince an NFL team that he is worth drafting, the process starts with on-field performance, including this week’s practice sessions and Saturday’s game for the top seniors in Mobile, Ala. this week. That process extends to the interview room, however, where players have an opportunity to persuade teams that they have not only the on-field skills, but also the character and intelligence, professional football teams expect.

While I had the opportunity to watch all of the Senior Bowl participants during practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Fairhope Municipal Stadium this week, I also interviewed more than 20 prospects to get a closer look at each of them beyond their tape and the skills they displayed in practices.

“If I were representing an NFL team, what would you say to convince me ‘This is why you should draft (player name)?’”

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