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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Marino’s Seven-Round Projections (4/12/14)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Value and need make Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the Houston Texans’ best choice for the No. 1 overall pick. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I don’t recall a draft with more mixed opinions, projections and grades than this year’s, which should make for an exciting draft in May that is full of unpredictability. With one of the deepest draft classes I have evaluated, there is talent to be had in every round and ample opportunity for teams to fill holes and acquire talent.

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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 2 (Wide Receivers, Quarterbacks and Running Backs)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins solidified his high draft stock with his workout Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks took center stage on Day 2 of the on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, with the receivers’ light shining the brightest of the trio of positions.

In one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, several top prospects solidified their draft status, second-tier players made a push up the board, and some late-round guys had excellent on-field showings.

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Joe Marino’s “Who He Would Take” 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1/26/14

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Derek Carr could be a top-five overall draft pick after a strong Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

With the Senior Bowl and other major all-star games in the books, draft boards are beginning to take shape before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is held in February.

While predicting draft picks and presenting scenarios is interesting, this mock draft is not about that. I am putting on my general manager hat and selecting the player I would take at this point in time if given the opportunity.

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2014 Senior Bowl: Saturday Standouts and Disappointments

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

While Logan Thomas and the other quarterbacks struggled in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford teed off on the North squad. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though the 2014 NFL Draft is still more than three months away, Saturday’s Senior Bowl was the last opportunity to watch any top prospects take the field in a fully-padded, 60-minute football game.

The game itself was only one part of the evaluation process that took place this week in Mobile, Ala., and the Senior Bowl itself is just a small part of each participating player’s evaluation. Still, the game gave each prospect playing in it a chance to stand out.

A strong performance Saturday meant little to any prospect who didn’t show the same ability in actual college football games and in Senior Bowl practices earlier this week. A few players, however, further proved their ability from strong collegiate careers and standout practices by making big plays on gameday.

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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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