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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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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 Ask the Players: Why Should an NFL Team Draft You?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas confidently believes he is one of the 2014 NFL draft’s best quarterbacks. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though some might be projected to be selected much higher than others, every player who has participated in this week’s Senior Bowl has a legitimate chance to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

For a prospect to convince an NFL team that he is worth drafting, the process starts with on-field performance, including this week’s practice sessions and Saturday’s game for the top seniors in Mobile, Ala. this week. That process extends to the interview room, however, where players have an opportunity to persuade teams that they have not only the on-field skills, but also the character and intelligence, professional football teams expect.

While I had the opportunity to watch all of the Senior Bowl participants during practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Fairhope Municipal Stadium this week, I also interviewed more than 20 prospects to get a closer look at each of them beyond their tape and the skills they displayed in practices.

“If I were representing an NFL team, what would you say to convince me ‘This is why you should draft (player name)?’”

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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 NFL Draft: Pac-12 Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Deandre Coleman could thrive as a defensive tackle in California’s switch to a 4-3 defense this season, and if he does, his draft stock could soar. (Photo: Jason O. Watson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Pacific-12 Conference has been one of the most consistent producers of NFL talent in recent years. Throughout the past five drafts, the Pac-12 has averaged more than 29 players selected.

Led by premier talent such as USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, the Pac-12 should continue to be one of the top talent-producing conferences of the 2014 NFL draft. In addition to their top prospects, they have many lesser-known prospects who could make names for themselves this season.

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