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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Running Backs

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde is the best running back in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Considering the way the NFL has become a passing league, running back is not the highly valued position that it once was. With many successful starting running backs having been selected later in the draft in recent years, many teams are no longer valuing running backs as early-round selection.

First round running backs may be a thing of the past and there is no running back in this class with enough value to warrant a first round selection. That said, there are plenty of players who have the skills needed to be starters or at least be a solid complimentary runner.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Running Back Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Carlos Hyde has broken out as the top senior running back with a fantastic season at Ohio State. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The running back position has decreased in draft value over the past few seasons. NFL teams have been able to find backs later in the draft who prove to be viable starters.

That’s exactly what I see in many of the senior running backs in the 2014 class. Some of them are situational-type players, but most of them are prospects that could fill the role of a starter who gets selected in the later rounds of the draft and proves to be a tremendous value pick.

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2014 NFL Draft: Conference USA, Sun Belt Conference Sleepers to Watch

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews is a player to watch in the Sun Belt Conference this season. (Photo: Mark Zerof — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Despite not being power conferences, both Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference have produced their share of NFL talent in recent years. An average of eight players have been selected from C-USA during the last five drafts, including one first-round pick in each of the past two drafts (Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe in 2012, Houston cornerback D.J Hayden in 2013). During the same period, the Sun Belt has averaged 4.8 selections with no first-round picks.

While neither conference possesses any surefire first-round caliber prospects for the 2014 NFL draft, Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson is gaining notoriety heading into the season.

Due to conference realignments, C-USA boasts six new football schools this season while the Sun Belt adds two schools. In this article, we’ll explore some names other than Jackson to watch this season amongst the C-USA and Sun Belt teams.

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BBD Week in Review: 7/22 – 7/28

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills kicked off their 2013 training camp at St. John Fisher College on Sunday evening. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills are in the midst of a big week: their opening week of their 2013 training camp. The offseason for Bills players and coaches is over; it’s football season now. Monday will mark the second day of practice in this year’s training camp, as the Bills begin preparation for their first preseason game on Aug. 11 and more importantly, their regular-season opener versus the New England Patriots on Sept. 8.

Previewing Training Camp

Here on Buffalo Bills Draft, it was also an important week as we previewed this year’s Bills training camp.

Our Training Camp Preview includes links to all of our content this offseason that has directly looked ahead to the battles and preparation that are taking place over the next few weeks of camp at St. John Fisher College.

That preview includes all nine installments of Ryan Talbot’s Positional Previews series. The series came to a conclusion this past week with Ryan’s comprehensive looks at the team’s Linebackers, Defensive Backs and Specialists.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: USC RB Silas Redd, Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Silas Redd is a mid-round option for the Buffalo Bills to add to the running back rotation. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

With an aging Fred Jackson and a pending C.J. Spiller contract negotiation on the horizon by 2016, the Buffalo Bills may targeting a running back in the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. Two running backs that could be options for the Bills in the middle rounds are former Penn State Nittany Lion turned USC Trojan Silas Redd, and Western Kentucky Hilltopper Antonio Andrews.

Both backs would represent a nice change to the slick and shifty running style of CJ Spiller. Redd and Andrews usually do their between the tackles, and they both have the ability to break tackles and get the tough extra yards. Let’s take a brief look at both players and why they could be Buffalo Bills considerations in the 2014 draft.

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