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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Tackles

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald is the star of this year’s defensive tackle class. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

There are plenty of talented defensive tackles available in the 2014 NFL Draft but the group as a whole lacks players with a complete skill set. Some of the prospects are stout run defenders who lack pass-rush ability; others are undersized prospects who are good penetrators but will struggle to hold up against NFL defensive linemen.

Aaron Donald headlines the defensive tackle class. Donald is an explosive penetrating defensive tackle who wrecks havoc on the interior. Donald has incredible first-step quickness and strength out of his stance that is troubling for guards to handle. He has quick, violent hands which he utilizes to beat his opponent. He has the strength to dispose of blockers and make plays in the backfield.

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2014 Senior Bowl: Day 1 Notes and Quotes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The week of Senior Bowl practices began Monday when the South team worked out at Fairhope Stadium (pictured) and the North took the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

From morning weigh-ins to media night, there was plenty to see and hear for the NFL coaches, scouts, executives, media and at the two practices in between, the fans, during the Monday kickoff of Senior Bowl week.

With no full pads, players just getting used to working with one another and their coaches, and a schedule/travel situation that made it virtually impossible to see the entirety of both of Monday’s practice sessions, they might not have been as quite as valuable as those to come Tuesday and Wednesday. Still, the players on the field knew full well that their every move was up for evaluation, and some shined while others struggled.

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2014 Senior Bowl Weigh-in Notes

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman started off his Senior Bowl week with a strong weigh-in. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2014 Senior Bowl week is well underway as NFL scouts, executives and coaches filled the South Exhibit Hall at the Mobile Convention Center on Monday morning for this year’s weigh-ins. 110 draft hopefuls walked across the stage to have their bodies examined and heights and weights announced in front of the crowd, while hand width, arm length and wingspans were also distributed.

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BBD Week in Review: 5/20-5/26

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Scott Chandler is the leader in the clubhouse to start atop the Buffalo Bills’ tight end depth chart. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

This week’s look at the best content from Buffalo Bills Draft, the NFL Draft Sites Network and around the web looks forward to the 2013 Bills season and 2014 NFL Draft, but also looks back at some of the draft picks the Bills have made in recent years.

Looking Ahead: 2013 Bills Season

  • Which tight ends will earn roster spots and playing time for the Buffalo Bills this season? Staff writer Eric Samulski projects the team’s tight end depth chart.
  • First-round pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and veteran pass-rusher Mark Anderson are among the Buffalo Bills players with questions to answer this offseason, staff writer Joseph Curtis writes.

Looking Ahead: 2014 NFL Draft

  • UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr could be one of the 2014 NFL Draft’s top picks, but must improve many aspects of his game, staff writer Joe Marino says.
  • Staff writer Evan Sidery broke down Teddy Bridgewater’s top two challengers to be the top quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and San Jose State’s David Fales.
  • Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has huge potential (and size) as a nose tackle. Joe Marino breaks down why the 2014 season will be pivotal in proving whether he is worth a first-round pick.

Looking Back

More on the Bills

  • Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads broke down the many various offensive packages that the Buffalo Bills could deploy to form a “chameleon” offense.
  • Mario Williams responded last week to published reports that detailed text messages in which he discussed suicidal thoughts and hydrocodone abuse. Read the transcript from his press conference at WGR.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • In his AFC East overview of the 2013 NFL Draft, NY Jets Draft staff writer Marc Sluis gave the Bills a B- grade for their draft.
  • Miami Dolphins Draft writer John Blair broke down TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and took an early look at the 2014 tight end draft class among other entries in his “Inside the War Room” piece this week.

2014 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

There was quite the buzz about defensive tackle Daniel McCullers when he signed with the University of Tennessee after playing junior college football at Georgia Military College. It’s been rumored that McCullers is one of the largest men to ever wear a Volunteer uniform. He’s known to have weighed as much as 400 pounds, but is listed anywhere between 360 and 380 pounds while standing 6’8″, according to Tennessee’s official website.

McCullers finished his first year at Tennessee with 39 tackles, 5.5 for loss and one sack. Those are solid numbers for a guy who is asked to occupy blockers and allow linebackers to run and make plays. The 2013 season will be pivotal in figuring out if McCullers is worthy of a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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