Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati’

Joe Marino’s Senior Inside Linebacker Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley stands out among senior inside linebacker prospects for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

If you are looking for a rangy, middle linebacker for a 4-3 defense who can stay on the field every down, the 2014 NFL draft’s senior class is not for you if you miss out on Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.

Mosley is in a class of his own and deserves consideration as a top-20 draft selection. After that, we see a solid group of run-stopping thumpers who could pair with a more athletic player inside in a 3-4 defensive scheme to create a formidable duo, but who project to be two-down players.

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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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Prospect Preview: Belk Bowl

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Sean Renfree will be looking to prove that Duke’s still a football school even in late December (Photo: US Presswire)

The Belk Bowl features two teams that you don’t traditionally associate with postseason play but before you dismiss this game as a weak bowl game consider a few things. Cincinnati is a well balanced team who loves to use George Winn to pound the rock and then go up top to one of three receiving targets. Duke has one of the top Senior QB’s in the country in Sean Renfree and will look to find WR Conner Vernon consistently to help shut down the Cincinnati pass rush. (more…)


Sleeping Seniors: Big East

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Chichester towers over everybody at 6'8...can you say red zone threat?

The Big East may have taken a beaten in recent years when compared to other BCS conferences but that doesn’t change how much talent exists in the conference already. Filled with plenty of under the radar players who could be big time performances is this the year a Big East team makes a claim to fame? (more…)





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