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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Wide Receivers

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Sammy Watkins is one of seven wide receivers graded as first-round talents in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With seven players graded in the first round and 11 in the first two rounds, this is one of the best wide receiver classes I have ever scouted. Quality prospects with exciting playmaking potential can be found in each round of the 2014 draft.

Sammy Watkins is the premier talent in the group. He has a bright NFL future ahead of him. His value rivals that of top-tier prospects like AJ Green and Julio Jones, who were both selected in the top six of the 2011 NFL draft.

36 receivers in this year’s class have draftable grades, making this the year for teams to add weapons to their offenses.

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Big Targets Produce Big Results: Potential Bills Wide Receivers in 2014 NFL Draft

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills could reunite EJ Manuel and Kelvin Benjamin to add a big receiving threat to their offense. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills made a concerted effort to improve their wide receiver corps last year by drafting two players at the position in the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. In their rookie seasons, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both showed diverse, NFL-ready skill sets as pass-catchers and route runners.

Goodwin is a deep threat who also shows the ability to create in the open field and work underneath. Woods is a pure possession receiver who has great hands and knows how to get open. Despite their relative success, however, the Bills still do not have a wideout who provides the physicality and large target emblematic of a true No. 1 receiver.

The Bills could go a long way towards remedying the struggles they had offensively this season if they can land a safety valve and reliable red zone target for quarterback EJ Manuel. The following receivers could bring the size and physicality the Buffalo offense needs.

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2013 Pizza Bowl Prospect Preview: Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald has had a dominant senior season. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Bowling Green (10-3) enters the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Thursday, 6 p.m., ESPN) on a five-game winning streak, including an impressive, 47-27, victory over Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game. The Falcons have defeated their opponents by an average 35 points over that five-game stretch, and have defeated their opponent by more than 20 points in all ten of their wins this seasons.

Pittsburgh enters this game with a more talented roster but with a 6-6 record. This will be senior quarterback Tom Savage’s last chance as a Pittsburgh Panther to impress scouts against the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring defense. Additionally, Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been arguably the best defensive player in college football this season.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Wide Receiver Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews is the star among the senior class of wide receivers. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The wide receiver position is generally dominated in the draft by underclassmen, but there are plenty intriguing senior wide receiver prospects in the 2014 NFL draft.

Jordan Matthews is the clear No. 1 player of the group, but there are plenty of other prospects who look like solid No. 2 receivers and potential slot guys.

As with all rankings, these are fluid, and wide receiver is a position where names will continue to emerge as the process goes on, especially once underclassmen begin to declare.

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