Posts Tagged ‘Adrian Hubbard’

2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Outside Linebackers

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Buffalo’s Khalil Mack is the star talent in a strong class of outside linebacker. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

This year’s crop of outside linebackers offers exactly what the NFL wants: Versatile edge defenders who can be moved around and contribute in a variety of roles within a multi-front defensive scheme. The value is diminishing for prospects that lack versatility.

Talent should be found throughout at the position, but the sweet spot is in the second to fourth rounds, where I have 12 players graded.


2014 NFL Draft: Linebacker Options to Fix Buffalo’s Run Defense

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

If the Buffalo Bills choose to improve their linebacker corps with the No. 9 overall pick, UCLA’s Anthony Barr is one possible option. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills improved in many ways under a new coaching staff in 2013, but stopping the run continued to be a problem. The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL in run defense, allowing 129 yards per game, 4.4 yards per carry and 19 runs of longer than 20 yards.

Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso had a tremendous rookie year, totaling 159 tackles and two sacks, but he showed far more value in coverage, sometimes being swallowed up by blockers in run defense. If the Bills are going to get better against the run as a team, they need to spend the offseason adding more stout talent around Alonso in the linebacker corps.

With that in mind, the Bills should have their eyes on some of the following linebackers in the upcoming draft who excel against the run. Most of these players have experience in versatile defenses or possess skill sets that would lend themselves to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s hybrid system.


Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: Possible Selections Throughout First Round

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

The Buffalo Bills could potentially end up drafting pass-rusher Jackson Jeffcoat even if they make a playoff run this season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The 2014 NFL Draft is less than a year away and the Bills are now less than 100 days from their 2013 season opener against the New England Patriots.

While it’s not possible to know where the Bills will be picking next May, there is talent throughout the first round that would fit be a good fit for Buffalo.

Let’s take a look at six possible first-round selections for the Bills, broken up by ranges where the Bills could end up drafting in 2014.


  • Categories

  • Search BBD Archives

  • Archives