Posts Tagged ‘Big Ten’

Scouting Notes: Michigan State vs. Iowa (10/5/13)

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (#86) gave Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough (#40) trouble in pass coverage. (Photo: Reese Strickland — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Michigan State and Iowa faced off Oct. 5 in a tough matchup of Big Ten conference foes. The Michigan State defense, which ranks fourth in the nation allowing just 274.38 total yards per game, dominated the Iowa offense until they rallied for two touchdowns just before halftime. Iowa’s momentum was short-lived, however, as they failed to score in the second half and Michigan State came out victorious, 26-14.

Iowa boasted a top running attack coming into the game, averaging 244.4 yards per game on the ground, but were hold to just 23 rushing yards by the Spartans defense.

That Spartans defense has a number of 2014 NFL draft prospects, while Iowa has a couple of players on NFL radars as well.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of multiple potential first-round picks on Ohio State’s defense. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The first marquee matchup of the season in the Big Ten conference is scheduled for Saturday night,as No. 23-ranked Wisconsin travels to Columbus to take on No. 4 Ohio State. The Badgers are looking to snap the Buckeyes’ 16-game win streak, but Ohio State has defeated Wisconsin in five of the teams’ last 6 meetings.

The game will have big implications on who wins the Big Ten Leaders Division this season, but will also be a showcase for a number of potential early-round 2014 NFL draft selections.

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BBD Week in Review: 6/24-6/30

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The draft prospects of Ohio State redshirt senior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort were examined in multiple NFL Draft Sites Network pieces last week. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The month of July is upon us, which means that we are finally within a month of the opening of Buffalo Bills training camp. While the final weeks until training camp can be the most boring weeks of the football calendar, we here at Buffalo Bills Draft will try to whet your appetite for football season with a continued emphasis of unique and thought-provoking content previewing the Buffalo Bills season and 2014 NFL draft classes.

Before we move forward into our July content, let’s take a look back at the NFL Draft, Bills and AFC East content that made up the final week of June here at BBD and around the NFL Draft Sites Network.

2014 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

  • In the spirit of last week’s NBA Draft, I fully broke down the game of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He is set to be the NFL’s next “basketball prototype” tight end and is a likely first-round selection should he declare for the 2014 NFL draft.
  • Joe Marino explained why Stanford inside linebacker Shayne Skov, once considered an early-round draft prospect, may not even be a draft selection if he fails to bounce back from a disappointing junior season.
  • Joseph Curtis brings your attention to the top sleeper prospects in the Big Ten. Let us know what other Big Ten prospects we’re still sleeping on!
  • One of the Buffalo Bills’ top priorities in the 2014 NFL Draft is likely to be adding another edge rusher for their new hybrid defense. Detroit Lions Draft’s Darren Page broke down the 11 best senior edge-rushing prospects in the draft class.
  • Justin Higdon of Draft Browns took a terrific look at Ohio State’s top eight prospects for the 2014 NFL draft.

Examining the AFC East

Looking Back at History


2014 NFL Draft: Big Ten Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough may be overshadowed by the other top linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Big Ten Conference had an uncharacteristically low amount of players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2013, only 22 Big Ten players were selected, although their average for the previous five drafts was 32.

As the penultimate pick of the first round, Travis Frederick was the only Big Ten selection of the first round. Had two more selections passed without a Big Ten pick, it would have been the first time the Big Ten didn’t have a first-round selection since 1953.

The outlook for the 2014 draft, however, looks better. Led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, it won’t be long before a Big Ten player hears their name called next May.

Lewan and Roby are potential top-10 draft picks, but there are many more Big Ten prospects to watch as well. Let’s take a look at some of the conference’s sleeper prospects.

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