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Buffalo Bills Select Clemson LB Tony Steward, Florida State TE Nick O’Leary in Round 6

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O'Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O’Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel in March, they sent the No. 137 overall pick in the draft—which they had previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Cassel and a sixth-round pick. That sixth-round pick, No. 188 overall, gave the Bills two selections in Round 6, the only round in the 2015 NFL draft (barring a trade for an additional seventh-round pick) in which they have multiple draft choices.

The Bills used the No. 188 overall selection to select Tony Steward, a linebacker from Clemson. Six picks later, the Bills used the No. 194 overall selection to select Nick O’Leary, a tight end from Florida State.

Through six rounds, the Bills have made five selections in total, and every single one of them has been from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three of those five players—O’Leary, second-round pick Ronald Darby and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams—played their college football for the Seminoles.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year's draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

One of many talented players on the 2014 Clemson Tigers defense, Stephone Anthony has the chance to be the second player drafted among them—behind projected top-10 pick Vic Beasley—in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anthony played both middle and outside linebacker for the Tigers this past season, and helped Clemson’s defense become one of the most feared in not only the ACC, but the entire country.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Anthony was one of the top performers at his position. He measured in at 6’3″ and 243 pounds, and had some of the event’s best testing times, including a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, as demonstrated by mockdraftable.com.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

While there were a record number of underclassmen that declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, Vic Beasley was not one of them. Projected as a first-round pick by many, Beasley decided to return for his senior year at Clemson and possibly improve his draft stock even more.

After totaling 13 sacks as a junior, Beasley already has eight this year. Playing mostly as a 4-3 defensive end in Clemson’s defense, Beasley also has played a significant amount of time from a stand up position as an outside linebacker. He has an elite skill-set that allows him to rush the passer from a multitude of positions and alignments.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week Four: Amari Cooper vs. Vernon Hargreaves Among Week’s Marquee Matchups

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I cautioned last week that college football Week 3 was when we could see some letdowns. That rang true as USC, Virginia Tech, and Louisville all lost to unranked opponents while No. 6-ranked Georgia fell to No. 24 South Carolina. As more and more conference games are featured on a weekly basis, the importance of avoiding letdowns is at a premium for Football Bowl Subdivision teams wanting to find themselves in the playoffs at season’s end.

An improved slate of games in Week 4 presents some exciting matchups for NFL hopefuls. Putting quality game tape out for scouts is imperative for players looking to be selected in the 2015 draft. There are many players with opportunities to do that this upcoming week.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week One

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Every Thursday this college football season, BBD's Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation's top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

Every Thursday this college football season, BBD’s Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation’s top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I’ll never forget watching the 2003 NFL Draft. It was my third year of being truly interested in following football in a deeper level and keeping up with college football’s top prospects as they entered the NFL. In 2001, I began evaluating prospects and creating my own rankings and draft boards so by the 2003 draft, I felt like I was on my way to being the next Mel Kiper.

In the fourth round, with the No. 111 overall pick, the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Terrence McGee out of Northwestern State and I was instantly humbled. Why? I had never heard of McGee. After all of my preparations, I didn’t even know a player who was taken in the fourth round. I took it hard and vowed to make sure this never happened again while taking my studies of players to an even deeper level.

Ten years later, a player here and there gets drafted that wasn’t on my radar but it’s very rare. This passion and drive for evaluating prospects has lead me to this great opportunity to share my work with you on Buffalo Bills Draft and now the debut of this scouting column. As for McGee, he went on to have a stellar 10-year career in the NFL; he holds six Bills franchise records and has been selected as an All-Pro on two occasions.

I have plenty in store for the 2014 season as I introduce a new crop of future NFL players. This column will be a great source to familiarize yourself with the prospects that will be selected next spring. Over the course of the season, I will feature more than 150 prospects for the 2015 draft as I highlight them in their biggest games, provide initial positional rankings, make predictions, and spotlight some of today’s best NFL draft analysts and football minds.

I hope you enjoy the 2014-15 College Football season and stay tuned as I share my thoughts.

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