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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Safeties

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The need to be able to stop the run out of nickel and dime defensive packages to match up with spread offensive formations has put the safety position in high demand. Having a safety who can come up and play near the line of scrimmage, but also has the range and instincts to play in single-high looks, goes a long way in being able to field an aggressive defensive scheme.

Two prospects in the 2014 NFL draft in particular offer the ability to perform well in both area, and they received first-round grades as a result.

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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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Father’s Day: 2014 NFL Draft Prospects Following in Footsteps of NFL Dads

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Jake Matthews is well on his way to becoming the seventh member of the Matthews family to play in the NFL. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Football is often passed down from father to son. The game can be a father-son bonding ritual, from watching games on Saturdays and Sundays to going out on the field and playing the game.

Football fans recall football families with numerous father-son duos such as the Mannings and the Matthews family. Through week five of the 2012 season, 197 sets of father-sons had played professional football, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Last season, the Bills featured two sons of former NFL players, Jairus Byrd and Lee Smith.

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