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2014 Outback Bowl Prospect Preview: LSU vs. Iowa

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Jarvis Landry (No. 80) and Odell Beckham (No. 3) have formed a dynamic duo at wide receiver for LSU this season. (Photo: Crystal LoGuidice — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Injured and showing chinks in a usually stellar defense, Les Miles’ LSU Tigers finished 2013 with 9-3 record and a defense that ranked just 45th in the nation. Their offense improved with the maturation of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, but after he suffered a torn ACL in LSU’s regular-season finale against Arkansas, the Tigers will need to win a bowl game without him to earn its fourth straight 10-win season.

Iowa, on the other hand, came into the season with no expectations and seemed to be meeting that low bar. Their Nov. 2 loss to Wisconsin dropped them to 5-4, but the Hawkeyes seemed to flip a switch at the end of the season, beating Purdue and Nebraska on the road and coming from behind to beat Michigan at home to finish the year with an 8-4 record. On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes will put their ball control, ground-based offense up against a surprisingly electric LSU offense in the Outback Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN).

Wednesday’s game will be a battle of physicality versus explosion; the only surprise is which one the typically-stout Tigers has become.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Inside Linebacker Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Tuesday, December 17th, 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 Staff Writer: Joe Marino

If you are looking for a rangy, middle linebacker for a 4-3 defense who can stay on the field every down, the 2014 NFL draft’s senior class is not for you if you miss out on Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.

Mosley is in a class of his own and deserves consideration as a top-20 draft selection. After that, we see a solid group of run-stopping thumpers who could pair with a more athletic player inside in a 3-4 defensive scheme to create a formidable duo, but who project to be two-down players.

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Scouting Notes: Michigan State vs. Iowa (10/5/13)

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (#86) gave Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough (#40) trouble in pass coverage. (Photo: Reese Strickland — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

Michigan State and Iowa faced off Oct. 5 in a tough matchup of Big Ten conference foes. The Michigan State defense, which ranks fourth in the nation allowing just 274.38 total yards per game, dominated the Iowa offense until they rallied for two touchdowns just before halftime. Iowa’s momentum was short-lived, however, as they failed to score in the second half and Michigan State came out victorious, 26-14.

Iowa boasted a top running attack coming into the game, averaging 244.4 yards per game on the ground, but were hold to just 23 rushing yards by the Spartans defense.

That Spartans defense has a number of 2014 NFL draft prospects, while Iowa has a couple of players on NFL radars as well.

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2014 NFL Draft: Big Ten Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough may be overshadowed by the other top linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Big Ten Conference had an uncharacteristically low amount of players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2013, only 22 Big Ten players were selected, although their average for the previous five drafts was 32.

As the penultimate pick of the first round, Travis Frederick was the only Big Ten selection of the first round. Had two more selections passed without a Big Ten pick, it would have been the first time the Big Ten didn’t have a first-round selection since 1953.

The outlook for the 2014 draft, however, looks better. Led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, it won’t be long before a Big Ten player hears their name called next May.

Lewan and Roby are potential top-10 draft picks, but there are many more Big Ten prospects to watch as well. Let’s take a look at some of the conference’s sleeper prospects.

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Potential Bills in 2014 NFL Draft: How Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Could Make Offense More Versatile

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

C.J. Fiedorowicz is a potential upgrade for the Buffalo Bills at tight end that could come via the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Buffalo Bills Draft continues to look ahead and examine 2014 NFL Draft prospects that could be a good fit for the Buffalo Bills roster. One such prospect is massive Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

There is little doubt that the tight end position has morphed over the past few years. Today’s tight ends, quite simply, look different than they did in the past. The size, speed and versatility needed at the position force today’s NFL tight ends to not only be accomplished receivers and route runners, but also excellent blockers. C.J. Fiedorowicz “fits the bill” in all of these categories.

Let’s examine Fiedorowicz and see why he would make a great Buffalo Bill.

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