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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week Two

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia's season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia’s season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Prospects for the 2015 NFL draft have had their opportunities to make a first impression for the 2014 season. That said, the scouting process is a fluid one so putting too much stock into any single performance is foolish. Stacking consistent outings is vital and Week 1 is just the beginning of that process. As we dive into Week 2 of Talent Watch, let’s begin by looking back at the players who were most impressive in the inaugural week of the season.

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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tools Are Better Than Their Tape

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

While Anthony Barr’s physical tools stand out, his on-field play is not quite as outstanding. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

More times than not, good football players are also good athletes with prototypical physical traits, but being a great athlete and having great size does not necessarily mean one is a great football player. Every year, there are players whose draft stock is defined more by their measurables than what they have actually done on the football field. That is due in large part to NFL teams drafting players based on what they can become rather than who they are.

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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tape is Better Than Their Tools

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Chris Borland isn’t the biggest or fastest linebacker, but he makes plays every time he is on the football field. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

In an ideal world, every prospect would have the prototypical size and athletic ability that scouts envision to play a given position, but that is far from the case. Despite that, every year rookies who didn’t check an important box still succeed at the professional level. Whether it’s Anquan Boldin and his 4.72-second 40-yard dash dominating at wide receiver, or London Fletcher playing linebacker at a high level for 16 seasons at a height of 5’10″, limited physical traits do not preclude a player from NFL success.

The 2014 NFL draft class has several players who perform well on tape but lack the desired physical tools for their positions.

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2013 Independence Bowl Prospect Preview: Arizona vs. Boston College

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Andre Williams will look to add his FBS-leading rushing total against Arizona on Tuesday. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Bowl season is time for games between teams who would rarely match up under normal circumstances. That is the case in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, or more colloquially the Independence Bowl, which will pit the Arizona Wildcats (7-5) against the Boston College Eagles (7-5) for the first time ever (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., ESPN).

The story of this game will be the matchup between the FBS’ leading rushers of the past two seasons, Arizona junior running back Ka’Deem Carey and Boston College senior running back Andre Williams.

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Prospect Preview: Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Friday, December 14th, 2012

QB Matt Scott could be a late round QB option for the Bills (Photo: US Presswire)

By BBD Writer Tony Wiltshire

The first bowl game in 2012 will be the Gildan New Mexico Bowl featuring the Arizona Wildcats and the Nevada Wolfpack. They both finished the regular season with identical 7-5 records, feature explosive offenses, and have several draft eligible NFL prospects on their respective rosters. (more…)





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