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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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Sophomore Spotlight: Jonathan Meeks

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Rookie strong safety Jonathan Meeks could be on the roster bubble immediately, even as a fifth-round pick. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

A candidate to get playing time at safety, or a candidate to be cut?

That’s the million dollar question with Jonathan Meeks. The Buffalo Bills’ fifth-round pick (No. 143 overall) in the 2013 NFL draft, Meeks didn’t make much of an impact in year one, and with plenty of competition at safety, his roster spot is far from guaranteed.

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The 2014 All-Undrafted Team

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Although a knee injury didn’t stop Henry Josey from a productive 2013 season, it did lead to his going undrafted. (Photo: Spruce Derden — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a draft class that had been heralded as deep by people both inside and outside the league, we knew all along that there would be talented players to go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Putting together an annual All-Undrafted team can be a challenge some years, as there are typically at least a couple positions where the well of draftable talent had run dry. Not this year. The difficult part of selecting this year’s best undrafted players wasn’t finding players worthy of the recognition, but rather deciding which players to leave off.

The following selections represent the prospects who bring the best skill sets and potential to the next level among the undrafted pool. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best chances to make the rosters of the teams who signed team, as some players have entered more favorable depth charts than others, but all of these players have enough ability to build a sustained NFL career.

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Why the Buffalo Bills’ Big Move for Sammy Watkins is Worth It

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Buffalo went big for Sammy Watkins and expect the move to pay immediate dividends. (Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

On Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills did something out of the norm. They traded up.

In the team’s history, the Bills have only traded up two times from their first-round slot to get a player of their choosing. Both times, the move was for a Clemson wide receiver getting drafted. In 1982, Buffalo traded up for WR Perry Tuttle; in 2014, Sammy Watkins got the call.

Trading up is a dangerous gamble in the NFL, but this trade made sense on multiple levels.

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What Sammy Watkins Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills added an explosive playmaker to their offense by trading up for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999. In a move to end that drought in 2014, first-year general manager Doug Whaley made an aggressive trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up from number nine overall to the fourth slot and select Clemson star wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

To complete the trade, the Bills parted with their 2015 first- and fourth-round selections. In what is widely considered to be an extremely deep draft, the Bills did not have to part with any of their 2014 draft picks to get Watkins.

After investing a first-round selection on quarterback EJ Manuel, this move was all about building an arsenal of weapons around Manuel that puts him in the best possible position to succeed.

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