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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 1 (Offensive Line, Tight Ends)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson was among the Day 1 standouts of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine got underway Saturday morning in Indianapolis with workouts by the offensive linemen and tight ends.

The overall athleticism of offensive linemen has seemingly increased each year, and the 2014 class continued that trend with its impressive showing today.

The tight ends were underwhelming as a whole, with a mix of positive and negative notes to surround each player as none of them were able to put together a complete day.

Following my observations, you can also find a few additional notes from BBD editor Dan Hope, along with a link to full combine results.


Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.


2014 Senior Bowl Weigh-in Notes

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman started off his Senior Bowl week with a strong weigh-in. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2014 Senior Bowl week is well underway as NFL scouts, executives and coaches filled the South Exhibit Hall at the Mobile Convention Center on Monday morning for this year’s weigh-ins. 110 draft hopefuls walked across the stage to have their bodies examined and heights and weights announced in front of the crowd, while hand width, arm length and wingspans were also distributed.


Ryan Talbot’s Buffalo Bills Seven-Round Mock Draft: Version 1.0

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley stands out among senior inside linebacker prospects for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

One of these years we’ll have Bills playoff football to discuss, but not this year. So with Bills fans in “maybe next year” mode, it’s time to look at the future of the team. Buffalo certainly has holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and they’ll have their opportunities in free agency and the 2014 NFL draft.

The Bills have the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft. While the draft stocks of many of the prospects below might change between now and the May draft, the following seven players could all be potential fits for Buffalo.


2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Evan Sidery’s Top 100 Prospects (Part Two)

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

One of college football’s most explosive playmakers, Kent State’s Dri Archer could rise up the 2014 NFL draft big board. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Evan Sidery

After breaking down the top 50 prospects in my initial top 100 big board, I am back to give you the rest of the top 100 to digest, with many great players still on the board. This draft class has the makings to be one of the best in a long, long time, with all of these players having the potential to work their way up into the top 50.

*Players with remaining eligibility following the 2013 college football season are asterisked

51. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

A pure mauler on the line of scrimmage. Fires off with powerful hands and quick-twitch movements in fundamentals. Has a chance to be a top-20 pick if he can supplant David Yankey on my big board later on.

52. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman’s pure size and raw ability will draw scouts’ eyes right when they pop in the tape on him. Even with his more-than-300-pound frame, he moves like a cat. Hageman is reminiscent of an even more athletically-gifted Montori Hughes (Indianapolis Colts’ 5th-round pick from Tennessee-Martin).


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