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Las Vegas Bowl Prospect Preview: Fresno State vs. USC

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Derek Carr will be looking to prove himself as a first-round quarterback prospect in his final college football game. (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The opening day of bowl season Saturday will include a matchup between two ranked teams when No. 20 Fresno State takes on No. 25 Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl.

With several quarterback-needy teams projected to be picking in the top 10 of the 2014 NFL Draft, many will be focused in on Fresno State standout quarterback Derek Carr as he plays the final game of his college football career against a defense that ranks 16th nationally with 341.2 yards allowed per game.

Carr is just one of a number potential 2014 NFL draft selections playing in Saturday’s game, which is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff in Las Vegas and will be televised on ABC.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Quarterback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Derek Carr ranks as the best quarterback in the 2013 senior class. (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The quarterback crop for the 2014 NFL draft will be greatly influenced by the potential early declarations of Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Brett Hundley (UCLA) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M). Among the senior quarterbacks, however, there are two who stand out from the pack: Fresno State’s Derek Carr and San Jose State’s David Fales.

I grade both Carr and Fales as first-round draft selections. The rest of the group combines a mixture of solid physical ability, good makeup and intangibles, but none of them put it all together. (Then again, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers weren’t the total package when they were drafted either)

Overall, this year’s quarterback class is much deeper than that of the 2013 NFL draft, which had just three quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds and 11 total quarterbacks selected.

From now until the week before the Senior Bowl, I will be releasing a set of rankings for one position group each week, breaking down the top 2014 NFL draft prospects at each position. These rankings will include seniors only.

This week, we start with the draft class’ top-10 senior quarterbacks.

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2014 NFL Draft: Sleepers to Watch in Mountain West Conference, Independent FBS Programs

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Davante Adams has only played one season of college football, but the redshirt sophomore wide receiver is already making a name for himself at Fresno State. (Photo: Cary Edmonson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Mountain West Conference has been a consistent producer of NFL talent the past few drafts. An average of 11.2 players have been selected from the conference during the last five drafts, including three first-round picks (Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin and running back Doug Martin in 2012, TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes in 2010).

Independent teams haven’t produced the amount of picks that the MWC has, but thanks to Notre Dame, they have had more top talent. There have been an average of 3.6 players selected from independent FBS programs during the last five drafts, including four first-round picks (BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in 2013, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith in 2012).

Notre Dame defensive linemen Louis Nix III and Stephen Tuitt and Brigham Young’s linebacker Kyle Van Noy give the independent teams a number of potential first-round picks again in the 2014 NFL draft. The MWC boasts quarterback prospects David Fales (San Jose State) and Derek Carr (Fresno State) and an intriguing, athletic defensive lineman in Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence.

In this article, we’ll explore some other players to keep an eye out for amongst the Independent and Mountain West teams.

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