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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Offensive Guards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo is the standout guard prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Although it has only one prospect with a first-round grade, this year’s draft class of guards has plenty of players with the potential to become productive NFL starters. The value for guards always comes in middle rounds, and there is a great deal of talent to be had in that range from this class.

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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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2014 Senior Bowl: Saturday Standouts and Disappointments

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

While Logan Thomas and the other quarterbacks struggled in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford teed off on the North squad. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though the 2014 NFL Draft is still more than three months away, Saturday’s Senior Bowl was the last opportunity to watch any top prospects take the field in a fully-padded, 60-minute football game.

The game itself was only one part of the evaluation process that took place this week in Mobile, Ala., and the Senior Bowl itself is just a small part of each participating player’s evaluation. Still, the game gave each prospect playing in it a chance to stand out.

A strong performance Saturday meant little to any prospect who didn’t show the same ability in actual college football games and in Senior Bowl practices earlier this week. A few players, however, further proved their ability from strong collegiate careers and standout practices by making big plays on gameday.

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2014 Orange Bowl Prospect Preview: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

With Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby expected to be out of Friday’s Orange Bowl, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins could be in for a big day. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The second full week of college football’s bowl season will come to an end Friday with the fourth of five BCS games, the Orange Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), featuring two teams with numerous early-round NFL prospects in Ohio State (12-1) and Clemson (10-2).

Two of the nation’s most athletic teams, both the Buckeyes and Tigers have players on both sides of the ball who are projected to be first- or second-round picks. The players to watch in this game include quarterback Braxton Miller and Tajh Boyd, offensive playmakers Carlos Hyde and Sammy Watkins and defensive impact players Ryan Shazier and Vic Beasley.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Clemson vs. Florida State

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Tajh Boyd’s performance versus Florida State on Saturday will be an important game in determing his stock for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis
BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

After a tough matchup and nearly getting upset by Boston College, but ultimately winning 24-14, No. 3 Clemson will face No. 5 Florida State, who won their most recent game against Maryland on Oct. 5 by a 63-0 score, on a Saturday in a game likely to decide the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division.

With both teams ranked in the top five of both major polls, a possible national title shot is at stake as well.

Both teams boast talented rosters filled with future NFL players, so scouts have their sights set on this game.

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