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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Denzel Perryman has the upside to become an NFL starting linebacker, but he has to prove himself as a three-down prospect in his senior year. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Denzel Perryman, who has been at least a part-time starter in all three of his seasons on the Miami defense, took over a full-time role as the Hurricanes middle linebacker in 2013. Perryman relished that opportunity and ended up being the team’s defensive MVP and a first-team all-ACC selection. In his standout junior season, Perryman racked up 108 tackles and five tackles for loss. Across 34 career games with 24 total starts, Perryman has tallied 241 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

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Sammy Watkins: Scouting Report for Potential First-Round Buffalo Bills Target

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Sammy Watkins is the 2014 NFL Draft’s top wide receiver and would be an excellent fit in Buffalo. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have plenty of options in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The easiest philosophy for the Bills to follow would be drafting the best player available. If Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is on the board at the No. 9 overall pick, the Bills would be hard-pressed to find a better player.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Clemson vs. Florida State

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Tajh Boyd’s performance versus Florida State on Saturday will be an important game in determing his stock for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis
BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

After a tough matchup and nearly getting upset by Boston College, but ultimately winning 24-14, No. 3 Clemson will face No. 5 Florida State, who won their most recent game against Maryland on Oct. 5 by a 63-0 score, on a Saturday in a game likely to decide the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division.

With both teams ranked in the top five of both major polls, a possible national title shot is at stake as well.

Both teams boast talented rosters filled with future NFL players, so scouts have their sights set on this game.

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BBD Week in Review: 6/17-6/23

Monday, June 24th, 2013

EJ Manuel is hoping to continue a trend for first-round quarterbacks and be the Buffalo Bills’ Week 1 starter. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With organized team activities and minicamp in the rear-view mirror, it’s all looking ahead now to training camp, the preseason and of course, the NFL regular season for the Buffalo Bills. That’s what we did here this week at Buffalo Bills Draft, as we looked ahead to who could make up the Bills’ roster this season, who could be the team’s starting quarterback and much more pertaining to the Buffalo Bills, AFC East and 2014 NFL draft.

Looking Ahead for the Buffalo Bills

Around the AFC East

  • What questions and concerns must each AFC East team address offensively this summer? Eric Samulski chose two for each team.

2014 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch


2014 NFL Draft: Atlantic Coast Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Michael Campanaro could be a 2014 NFL draft sleeper as a small, shifty slot receiver. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Atlantic Coast Conference has consistently been one of the top conferences in producing NFL talent throughout the last decade.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins are receiving much of the focus heading into the 2013 college football season, but plenty of talent with 2014 NFL draft potential exists throughout the ACC.

31 players from the ACC were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, second only to the Southeastern Conference. The additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse this season add even more talent to the conference.

Let’s take a look at some lesser-hyped prospects in the ACC who should be names to watch leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest

It can be easy to overlook Michael Campanaro. Listed at a generous 5’11” and 190 pounds, Campanaro may not look like a top receiver, but he has been one of the most productive receivers in the ACC over the past two seasons.

He has caught 152 passes over the last two seasons, including an ACC-best 7.9 receptions per game last season.

Campanaro’s versatility is his greatest asset. He is used all over the field, but his best work comes from the slot, from where he finds holes in the middle of the field and creates mismatches against linebackers.

He uses his quickness and deceptive speed to create space. He has run a 4.41 40-yard dash time, according to Wake Forest’s athletics website.

Campanaro has a knack for finding holes in the defense, but he needs to refine his route running a bit more. He is also a natural pass catcher with some of the best hands of the 2013 draft class.

After the catch, Campanaro can make poor tackling teams pay. He came to Wake Forest as a running back, which his shifty running style shows. He can even come in motion and take handoffs on sweeps. He has 47 carries for 228 yards and two touchdowns in his college career.

With the exception of his route running, there are few weaknesses in Campanaro’s game. He does need to find the end zone more often and perhaps bulk up a bit, but for the most part, he’s a solid receiver who can contribute in the NFL right away.

With another solid season, Campanaro could possibly be a Day 2 draft selection.

Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh

With 16.5 sacks over the last two season, Aaron Donald has shown he is a fierce interior penetrator, but questions about his size keep him from being an elite prospect.

Listed at 6′ and 275 pounds, what position Donald will play and where he fits defensive schemes are huge question marks.

Despite his lack of size, he was able to use his quickness, strength and length to shed blockers and get into backfields. He led the Big East last season with 18.5 tackles for loss.

A smart player with a great motor, scouts and coaches will have a difficult time trying not to like Donald. As previously mentioned, size is the big question mark that will force him down draft boards.

Donald filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Committee last season, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but returned for his senior season.

As long as he doesn’t regress, Donald is a mid-round pick who should fit in a defense as an interior pass rushing specialist. He has the skill set and production to be a steal in the draft.





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