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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 DraftInsider.net, 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.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Defensive Backs

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Stephon Gilmore is expected to play a crucial role as the Bills’ No. 1 cornerback in his sophomore season. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

There is a cautious optimism about Buffalo’s defense this year. Fans are looking forward to a more aggressive defense under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine after witnessing last year’s vanilla defense under Dave Wannstedt. But for Buffalo’s defense to be successful, the defensive backs need to hold their own against their opposition.

During his time in New York, Mike Pettine had cornerbacks like Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to depend on and decent safeties last season in LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. The only proven player in Buffalo’s secondary is Jairus Byrd, and he is yet to sign his franchise tender.

Can Buffalo’s secondary do enough to allow Pettine to blitz as much as he would like? Here are Buffalo’s current options in the secondary and what you can expect from them in 2013.

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