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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Wide Receivers

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Sammy Watkins is one of seven wide receivers graded as first-round talents in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With seven players graded in the first round and 11 in the first two rounds, this is one of the best wide receiver classes I have ever scouted. Quality prospects with exciting playmaking potential can be found in each round of the 2014 draft.

Sammy Watkins is the premier talent in the group. He has a bright NFL future ahead of him. His value rivals that of top-tier prospects like AJ Green and Julio Jones, who were both selected in the top six of the 2011 NFL draft.

36 receivers in this year’s class have draftable grades, making this the year for teams to add weapons to their offenses.

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Big Targets Produce Big Results: Potential Bills Wide Receivers in 2014 NFL Draft

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills could reunite EJ Manuel and Kelvin Benjamin to add a big receiving threat to their offense. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills made a concerted effort to improve their wide receiver corps last year by drafting two players at the position in the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. In their rookie seasons, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both showed diverse, NFL-ready skill sets as pass-catchers and route runners.

Goodwin is a deep threat who also shows the ability to create in the open field and work underneath. Woods is a pure possession receiver who has great hands and knows how to get open. Despite their relative success, however, the Bills still do not have a wideout who provides the physicality and large target emblematic of a true No. 1 receiver.

The Bills could go a long way towards remedying the struggles they had offensively this season if they can land a safety valve and reliable red zone target for quarterback EJ Manuel. The following receivers could bring the size and physicality the Buffalo offense needs.

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2014 Senior Bowl: Day 2 Notes and Quotes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Both teams held their second practices of the 2014 Senior Bowl, and their first in full pads, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The week of practices at the 2014 Senior Bowl is halfway over, following the first of two days of fully-padded practices on Tuesday. The North took the field in the morning at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., while the South practiced there in the afternoon.

Windy conditions in Mobile on Tuesday provided an extra challenge for the quarterbacks throwing the ball, but altogether, both teams’ quarterbacks looked better than they did on Monday.

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Scouting Notes: 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl (BYU vs. Washington)

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman finished his collegiate career with a strong performance in the Fight Hunger Bowl. (Photo: Ed Szczepanski — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Joseph Curtis

Brigham Young (8-5) and Washington (9-4) faced off in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday, Dec. 27, with both teams looking to get their ninth win of the season.

Despite being overwhelmingly outgained on offense, Washington led 21-16 at halftime behind a couple of touchdowns by junior running back Bishop Sankey, who declared for the 2014 NFL draft Monday, and won the game by a final score of 31-16.

Several seniors from both teams, as well as a number of Washington underclassmen including Sankey, are expected to be selections in the 2014 NFL draft.

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2013 Fight Hunger Bowl Prospect Preview: BYU vs. Washington

Friday, December 27th, 2013

BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy is a top prospect to watch in his final college football game Friday. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The final game of the bowl season’s first week will feature numerous NFL prospects on both sides of the ball for both teams as the BYU Cougars (8-4) and Washington Huskies (8-4) play in Friday night’s Fight Hunger Bowl (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

While both of these teams will be looking to finish their season with a ninth victory, the game’s senior NFL prospects, including BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Washington quarterback Keith Price, will be looking to make a big impression in their final college football games before moving on to the next level. The same might be the case for a few select underclassmen, including Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bishop Sankey, who could declare for the 2014 NFL draft to take advantage of early-round potential.

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