Posts Tagged ‘C.J. Fiedorowicz’

2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Tight Ends

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Eric Ebron is the most valuable tight end prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Liz Condo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With talent at the top of the class and a lack of overall depth, this is not the year to wait for a tight end if you are a team in the market. Securing a reliable receiving threat at the tight end position is a vital move for teams with a young quarterback, and this class offers some intriguing options.

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2014 Senior Bowl Ask the Players: Why Should an NFL Team Draft You?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas confidently believes he is one of the 2014 NFL draft’s best quarterbacks. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though some might be projected to be selected much higher than others, every player who has participated in this week’s Senior Bowl has a legitimate chance to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

For a prospect to convince an NFL team that he is worth drafting, the process starts with on-field performance, including this week’s practice sessions and Saturday’s game for the top seniors in Mobile, Ala. this week. That process extends to the interview room, however, where players have an opportunity to persuade teams that they have not only the on-field skills, but also the character and intelligence, professional football teams expect.

While I had the opportunity to watch all of the Senior Bowl participants during practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Fairhope Municipal Stadium this week, I also interviewed more than 20 prospects to get a closer look at each of them beyond their tape and the skills they displayed in practices.

“If I were representing an NFL team, what would you say to convince me ‘This is why you should draft (player name)?’”

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2014 Senior Bowl Weigh-in Notes

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman started off his Senior Bowl week with a strong weigh-in. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2014 Senior Bowl week is well underway as NFL scouts, executives and coaches filled the South Exhibit Hall at the Mobile Convention Center on Monday morning for this year’s weigh-ins. 110 draft hopefuls walked across the stage to have their bodies examined and heights and weights announced in front of the crowd, while hand width, arm length and wingspans were also distributed.

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2014 Outback Bowl Prospect Preview: LSU vs. Iowa

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Jarvis Landry (No. 80) and Odell Beckham (No. 3) have formed a dynamic duo at wide receiver for LSU this season. (Photo: Crystal LoGuidice — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Injured and showing chinks in a usually stellar defense, Les Miles’ LSU Tigers finished 2013 with 9-3 record and a defense that ranked just 45th in the nation. Their offense improved with the maturation of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, but after he suffered a torn ACL in LSU’s regular-season finale against Arkansas, the Tigers will need to win a bowl game without him to earn its fourth straight 10-win season.

Iowa, on the other hand, came into the season with no expectations and seemed to be meeting that low bar. Their Nov. 2 loss to Wisconsin dropped them to 5-4, but the Hawkeyes seemed to flip a switch at the end of the season, beating Purdue and Nebraska on the road and coming from behind to beat Michigan at home to finish the year with an 8-4 record. On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes will put their ball control, ground-based offense up against a surprisingly electric LSU offense in the Outback Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN).

Wednesday’s game will be a battle of physicality versus explosion; the only surprise is which one the typically-stout Tigers has become.

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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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