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The 2014 All-Undrafted Team

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Although a knee injury didn’t stop Henry Josey from a productive 2013 season, it did lead to his going undrafted. (Photo: Spruce Derden — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a draft class that had been heralded as deep by people both inside and outside the league, we knew all along that there would be talented players to go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Putting together an annual All-Undrafted team can be a challenge some years, as there are typically at least a couple positions where the well of draftable talent had run dry. Not this year. The difficult part of selecting this year’s best undrafted players wasn’t finding players worthy of the recognition, but rather deciding which players to leave off.

The following selections represent the prospects who bring the best skill sets and potential to the next level among the undrafted pool. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best chances to make the rosters of the teams who signed team, as some players have entered more favorable depth charts than others, but all of these players have enough ability to build a sustained NFL career.

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What Cyrus Kouandjio Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills began upgrading their offensive line by drafting Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round to play right tackle. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

After trading back from three spots from pick 41 and acquiring an additional fifth-round pick in this years draft, the Buffalo Bills utilized their second round selection, the No. 44 overall pick, on Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. With offensive tackle being a position of need entering the draft, Kouandjio provides instant competition for incumbent starting right tackle Erik Pears, and has the potential to unseat Pears and start in his rookie season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide entrusted Kouandjio to take over as their blindside protector at left tackle as a sophomore in 2012. He started every game since and fared very well.

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Buffalo Bills 2014 Second Round Selection: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ second round selection: OT Cyrus Kouandjio. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills have added more help for EJ Manuel.

After trading pick 41 to the Rams for pick 44 and pick 153, the Bills selected Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama.

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Ryan Talbot’s Buffalo Bills Seven-Round Mock Draft: Version 3.0

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

If the Bills believe “big wins” at wide receiver, Mike Evans could be their choice in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have been active in free agency, adding starters and/or depth at running back, tight end, offensive guard, linebacker, cornerback and special teams. The team might still be actively pursuing free agents, as evidenced by Kenny Britt’s recent visit to One Bills Drive, but any signings now will be few and far between, which should mean is adjusting its needs and determining who it should target in this year’s NFL draft.

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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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