Posts Tagged ‘Baylor’

Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.

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Scouting Notes: 2014 Fiesta Bowl (Baylor vs. UCF)

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The spotlight was on UCF quarterback Blake Bortles in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The last year of the BCS was the first for Baylor (11-2) and Central Florida (12-1), who each played in their first and only BCS bowl when they met in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. Despite a string on three consecutive offensive drives, UCF led Baylor, 28-20, at halftime behind two rushing touchdowns by running back Storm Johnson and two passing touchdowns from Blake Bortles to Rannell Hall. Johnson added another rushing touchdown, while Bortles added both a passing and rushing touchdown in the second half, leading UCF to a win, 52-42.

Johnson and Bortles have both declared for the 2014 NFL draft as juniors and are considered potential early-round selections. Baylor, on the other hand, had several draft prospects on its offense and a quality safety in senior Ahmad Dixon. Bortles could be picked by the Houston Texans—whom you can bet on to win the AFC South next year with the help of SportsBettingDime.com.

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2014 Fiesta Bowl Prospect Preview: Baylor vs. UCF

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The spotlight will be on UCF junior quarterback Blake Bortles when he takes the field for the Fiesta Bowl. (Photo: Jim Cowsert — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Wednesday’s Fiesta Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) features two conference champions in Baylor (Big 12) and Central Florida (American Athletic Conference), both of whom finished the season with 11-1 record. This game will be an opportunity for Central Florida junior quarterback Blake Bortles, a potential first-round selection if he declares for the 2014 NFL draft, to attempt to keep pace with the nation’s No. 1 scoring and yardage offense in 2013. This will be a huge stage for Bortles to solidify his draft stock.

The game will also feature a clash of two NFL-caliber junior running backs, UCF’s Storm Johnson and Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk, as they grind it out in what looks like a potential high scoring affair. Also expected back is Baylor senior wide receiver Tevin Reese, who has explosive down field speed but missed the Bears’ final five games with a wrist injury.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Wide Receiver Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews is the star among the senior class of wide receivers. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The wide receiver position is generally dominated in the draft by underclassmen, but there are plenty intriguing senior wide receiver prospects in the 2014 NFL draft.

Jordan Matthews is the clear No. 1 player of the group, but there are plenty of other prospects who look like solid No. 2 receivers and potential slot guys.

As with all rankings, these are fluid, and wide receiver is a position where names will continue to emerge as the process goes on, especially once underclassmen begin to declare.

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2014 NFL Draft: Big 12 Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Oklahoma’s Trey Millard looks like the best and most versatile fullback in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Big 12 Conference has been a big producer of elite talent for years. The conference has had at least one player selected in the top five picks every year since 2009, and have accounted for 36 percent of top-five selections (9 of 25) in that five-year span.

The Big 12 has also produced draft depth in addition to elite talent. 22 Big 12 players were selected in the 2013 NFL draft, which tied for fourth with the Big Ten Conference.

Let’s take a look at some of the sleeper prospects of the Big 12 who could help make up that depth in the 2014 NFL draft.

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