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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Marino’s Seven-Round Projections (4/12/14)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Value and need make Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the Houston Texans’ best choice for the No. 1 overall pick. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I don’t recall a draft with more mixed opinions, projections and grades than this year’s, which should make for an exciting draft in May that is full of unpredictability. With one of the deepest draft classes I have evaluated, there is talent to be had in every round and ample opportunity for teams to fill holes and acquire talent.

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Joe Marino’s “Who He Would Take” 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1/26/14

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Derek Carr could be a top-five overall draft pick after a strong Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

With the Senior Bowl and other major all-star games in the books, draft boards are beginning to take shape before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is held in February.

While predicting draft picks and presenting scenarios is interesting, this mock draft is not about that. I am putting on my general manager hat and selecting the player I would take at this point in time if given the opportunity.

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Underclassmen Analysis: Record-Shattering 102 Early Entrants into 2014 NFL Draft

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of the headliners of the 2014 NFL draft’s record-setting group of underclassmen. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft elapsed, the draft class has finally taken shape.

Last year, a record 73 underclassmen declared. This year, the following 102 players, who announced they would forgo their collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, have shattered that record. (Note: The official count of players is 98, as Teddy Bridgewater, Dion Bailey, Adrian Hubbard and Carl Bradford did not need to be granted special eligibility because they had already graduated from their respective universities).

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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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