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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 4 (Defensive Backs)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert asserted himself as the 2014 NFL Draft’s best cornerback at this year’s combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine drew to its close Tuesday when the final two groups, composed alphabetically from 59 of the 2014 draft class’ top defensive backs, took the field for their on-field workouts.

While there were a good number of high-profile prospects from other groups who chose to sit out part or all of the combine workouts, just about all the top defensive backs were full participants Tuesday. Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward was forced to sit out with a foot injury, as reported by Tony Pauline of, but top DBs such as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Ohio State’s Bradley Roby went through a full set of drills in Indianapolis.


Joe Marino’s Senior Cornerback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert has climbed to the top of the senior cornerback rankings. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Cornerback is emerging as one of the most important positions in football. With more and more NFL offenses putting four- and five-receiver sets on the field, it is imperative to have depth at the cornerback position.

I put more emphasis than many people do on cornerbacks’ run-stopping ability considering the need for defensive backs to be able to stop the run when playing against the spread. Physicality was also a trait that I looked for in my evaluations. It is important to be able to disrupt routes and timing of the offense with a good physical presence in press coverage.


Stephon Gilmore Injury Will Be A Major Issue for Buffalo Bills Secondary

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills were relying heavily upon a healthy Stephon Gilmore to be their No. 1 cornerback this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills had a rough weekend. They lost to the Washington Redskins by a score of 30-7 in their third preseason game Saturday. The result of that game ultimately does not matter, but the disappointing play on both sides of the ball for the Bills was concerning. More concerning going forward, however, are the injuries that the Bills suffered Saturday.

The concussion suffered by Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb is troubling, as it leaves the Bills with their top two quarterbacks injured and potentially in a position to start undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel as their starter on Week 1 of the regular season. An injury on the other side of the ball, however, could present even more trouble for the Bills. The Bills confirmed Monday that the team’s clear-cut No. 1 cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist.

Of all the players the Bills could not afford to lose for an extended period of time, Gilmore was near the top of the list. There were already concerns about whether Leodis McKelvin is good enough to handle the No. 2 cornerback job, let alone the No. 1 cornerback role that he will now assume in Gilmore’s absence. Behind McKelvin, the Bills have no established cornerbacks who have proven themselves of taking on a starting role.


Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: TCU CB Jason Verrett

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett looks like a good fit as a potential first-round pick for the Buffalo Bills next season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly a year away and the 2013 season is yet to begin, but we at BBD are pushing forward and continuing to give in-depth analysis of several players to look for as the offseason progresses.

One player who should be on every Buffalo Bills fan’s radar is TCU CB Jason Verrett. Verrett could possibly be the top-rated cornerback to enter the 2014 NFL draft and fans should make an effort to watch him play. As many Bills fans are aware, Buffalo did not draft a cornerback in the 2013 draft and Verrett may be on Buffalo’s early short list.

The cornerback position could potentially be very high on Buffalo’s draft needs. Verrett represents a first-round selection who would nicely compliment Stephon Gilmore and give Buffalo two young, productive cornerbacks.

Let’s take a closer look at potential Buffalo Bills first-round pick Jason Verrett.


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