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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 2 (Wide Receivers, Quarterbacks and Running Backs)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins solidified his high draft stock with his workout Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks took center stage on Day 2 of the on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, with the receivers’ light shining the brightest of the trio of positions.

In one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, several top prospects solidified their draft status, second-tier players made a push up the board, and some late-round guys had excellent on-field showings.

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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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2014 Senior Bowl Ask the Players: Why Should an NFL Team Draft You?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas confidently believes he is one of the 2014 NFL draft’s best quarterbacks. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though some might be projected to be selected much higher than others, every player who has participated in this week’s Senior Bowl has a legitimate chance to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

For a prospect to convince an NFL team that he is worth drafting, the process starts with on-field performance, including this week’s practice sessions and Saturday’s game for the top seniors in Mobile, Ala. this week. That process extends to the interview room, however, where players have an opportunity to persuade teams that they have not only the on-field skills, but also the character and intelligence, professional football teams expect.

While I had the opportunity to watch all of the Senior Bowl participants during practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Fairhope Municipal Stadium this week, I also interviewed more than 20 prospects to get a closer look at each of them beyond their tape and the skills they displayed in practices.

“If I were representing an NFL team, what would you say to convince me ‘This is why you should draft (player name)?’”

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2014 Senior Bowl: Day 3 Notes and Quotes

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Auburn cornerback Chris Davis is quickly becoming known for more than just his missed field goal return touchdown. (Photo: Jim Brown — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though there is still one remaining day of practice and a game to be played Saturday, most NFL scouts, coaches and executives who attended the 2014 Senior Bowl left Mobile, Ala. after Wednesday, the final day of fully-padded practices of both the North and South teams.

After three days in Mobile, Wednesday night was also time for me to return home, but not without a notebook full of chicken-scratch and observations that left me feeling confident in evaluations of some players and with more questions than ever on others.

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