Posts Tagged ‘Kansas State’

Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week Four: Amari Cooper vs. Vernon Hargreaves Among Week’s Marquee Matchups

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I cautioned last week that college football Week 3 was when we could see some letdowns. That rang true as USC, Virginia Tech, and Louisville all lost to unranked opponents while No. 6-ranked Georgia fell to No. 24 South Carolina. As more and more conference games are featured on a weekly basis, the importance of avoiding letdowns is at a premium for Football Bowl Subdivision teams wanting to find themselves in the playoffs at season’s end.

An improved slate of games in Week 4 presents some exciting matchups for NFL hopefuls. Putting quality game tape out for scouts is imperative for players looking to be selected in the 2015 draft. There are many players with opportunities to do that this upcoming week.

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The 2014 All-Undrafted Team

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Although a knee injury didn’t stop Henry Josey from a productive 2013 season, it did lead to his going undrafted. (Photo: Spruce Derden — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a draft class that had been heralded as deep by people both inside and outside the league, we knew all along that there would be talented players to go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Putting together an annual All-Undrafted team can be a challenge some years, as there are typically at least a couple positions where the well of draftable talent had run dry. Not this year. The difficult part of selecting this year’s best undrafted players wasn’t finding players worthy of the recognition, but rather deciding which players to leave off.

The following selections represent the prospects who bring the best skill sets and potential to the next level among the undrafted pool. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best chances to make the rosters of the teams who signed team, as some players have entered more favorable depth charts than others, but all of these players have enough ability to build a sustained NFL career.

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2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Prospect Preview: Michigan vs. Kansas State

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan is the top prospect to watch in Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Michigan (7-5) is coming off a last-minute loss to archrival Ohio State on a failed two-point conversion attempt as it heads into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Saturday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN). It was the best the Wolverine offense looked all season but was yet another loss in a long and disappointing season. Similarly, Kansas State (7-5) struggled through an up and down season after losing some key players to the NFL draft, and will be back in Tempe, Arizona for its second straight appearance in this bowl game.

Despite disappointing seasons for both teams, Saturday will be a chance for them to head into the offseason on a high note.

If Kansas State can push the Michigan offensive line back, as opponents have against the Wolverines all season to the tune of 108 tackles for loss (most allowed in the FBS), the Wildcats could put pressure on freshman quarterback Shane Morris, who is being forced into action after Devin Gardner broke his foot. But if Michigan is able to get its playmakers like Jeremy Gallon, Devin Funchess and Fitzgerald Toussaint into space, it could take the pressure off its line and its young quarterback and really open the game up.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Offensive Tackle Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Jake Matthews could follow in the footsteps of the three offensive tackles who were top 5 draft selections in 2013. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2013 NFL draft proved that offensive tackle is considered one of the league’s premier positions, as three offensive tackles were selected among the first four selections. The top offensive tackle in this year’s senior class, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, may be even better than last year’s offensive tackles.

The team who draft Matthews will likely not have to worry about their left tackle spot for a long time. Overall, the senior class of offensive tackles for the 2014 NFL draft has good depth, with many players who have starter upside.

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2014 NFL Draft: Big 12 Conference Sleepers to Watch

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Oklahoma’s Trey Millard looks like the best and most versatile fullback in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Big 12 Conference has been a big producer of elite talent for years. The conference has had at least one player selected in the top five picks every year since 2009, and have accounted for 36 percent of top-five selections (9 of 25) in that five-year span.

The Big 12 has also produced draft depth in addition to elite talent. 22 Big 12 players were selected in the 2013 NFL draft, which tied for fourth with the Big Ten Conference.

Let’s take a look at some of the sleeper prospects of the Big 12 who could help make up that depth in the 2014 NFL draft.

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