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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Buffalo RB Branden Oliver

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Branden Oliver hasn’t gotten much attention leading up to this year’s draft, but the Buffalo product is determined to make it in the NFL. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

You probably already know about Khalil Mack, the star outside linebacker prospect who is set to become the University at Buffalo’s first-ever first-round pick. What you might not know is that his former college roommate could also be selected in this year’s draft.

Branden Oliver has been one of college football’s most productive running backs over the past few years, rushing for 3,751 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final three seasons for the Bulls.

Somehow, the hard-charging runner has been largely overlooked leading up to the draft.

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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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Khalil Mack and More Prospects to Watch on Bowl Season’s Opening Saturday

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Khalil Mack will be in the spotlight when Buffalo plays San Diego State on the bowl season’s opening day. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The opening Saturday of bowl season may not feature college football’s marquee teams, but it certainly does include some of the nation’s marquee talent.

The prime game on the schedule is the Las Vegas Bowl, which kicks off between two ranked teams, No. 20 Fresno State and No. 25 USC, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. To find out more about the top NFL draft prospects playing in the game, including arguably the nation’s top senior quarterback prospect in Fresno State’s Derek Carr and two of college football’s best wide receivers in Fresno State redshirt sophomore Davante Adams and USC junior Marqise Lee, check out Joe Marino’s Prospect Preview of the game.

Saturday’s other three bowl games also each include players whose names should be called in the 2014 NFL draft.

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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: American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference Sleepers to Watch

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

USF defensive end Ryne Giddins could be a riser in the 2014 NFL draft class if he bounces back strong from an injury-riddled junior season. (Photo: Danny Wild — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Mid-American Conference has consistently produced a few selections in each NFL Draft. The American Athletic Conference, formerly known as the Big East, has produced a good amount of NFL talent.

As one of the power conferences, the Big East produced a good amount of selections, averaging 19.4 picks over the last five drafts. With an exodus of many of the conference’s top teams in progress, it remains to be seen whether the AAC will be able to sustain that production of NFL talent.

During that same five-year period, the MAC averaged 6.6 players selected. However, the MAC did produce the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, as the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher.

Top quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville leads the draft-eligible talent for the AAC this season, while the MAC’s top prospects are Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Kent State running back/wide receiver Dri Archer.

Although they do not play in any of college football’s major conferences, Bridgewater, Mack and Archer are already well-established names as prospect. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-established names who could be sleeper prospects for the 2014 NFL draft.

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