Posts Tagged ‘Linebackers’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year's draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

One of many talented players on the 2014 Clemson Tigers defense, Stephone Anthony has the chance to be the second player drafted among them—behind projected top-10 pick Vic Beasley—in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anthony played both middle and outside linebacker for the Tigers this past season, and helped Clemson’s defense become one of the most feared in not only the ACC, but the entire country.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Anthony was one of the top performers at his position. He measured in at 6’3″ and 243 pounds, and had some of the event’s best testing times, including a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, as demonstrated by mockdraftable.com.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: David Harris

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)

The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

UPDATE: Harris was re-signed by the New York Jets to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and others. The Bills almost certainly would not have been able to match that price.

With the departure of inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in Tuesday’s mega-trade for running back LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills could suddenly be in the market for another player at the position. As the Bills switch from last year’s 4-3 defense under Jim Schwartz to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Rex Ryan, impending free agent David Harris—who played for Ryan with the New York Jets—would fill that inside linebacker spot nicely.

Nicknamed “Hitman” for his big hits and hard-nosed play, Harris is a eight-year NFL who spent his last six seasons playing in Ryan’s defense. That makes him an obvious target for the Bills, and a very good one at that, with three straight 100-plus tackle campaigns.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Bills are expected “to put on a full-court press” to sign Harris.

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Buffalo Bills Release Keith Rivers After One Season with Team

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Keith Rivers made little impact in his one-year tenure with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Signed to a two-year contract last offseason, veteran linebacker Keith Rivers was released Tuesday after one year with the Buffalo Bills.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
After a breakout senior season, TCU's Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout senior season, TCU’s Paul Dawson has emerged as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The connotation of the word “linebacker” has changed within the past few years. As more and more teams are using linebackers as pass-rushers and putting them on the line of scrimmage with their hand in the dirt, it has created a need for distinction between edge linebackers and off-the-ball linebackers.

TCU’s Paul Dawson fits the latter category as a traditional, stand-up linebacker. He has the potential to be one of the first off-ball linebackers selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

Listed at 6’2″ and 230 pounds by TCU’s official athletics website, Dawson is a former high school wide receiver and junior college transfer who has made a significant impact on TCU’s defense. He was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 100 tackles, five sacks, and four interceptions in 2014.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
In the midst of another productive season, UCLA's Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

In the midst of another productive season, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Eric Kendricks, who led the UCLA Bruins in tackles and the Pac-12 in tackles per game in 2012 and 2013, is the senior leader for a strong defense which has helped the team start 4-0. A honorable mention all-conference selection and UCLA’s co-captain in 2013, the 6’0″, 230-pound middle linebacker is off to a very strong start this year.

Kendricks was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after a season opener against Virginia in which he totaled 16 tackles, forced a fumble (returned for a touchdown by a teammate) and returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. In total, Kendricks has already accumulated 47 total tackles this season.

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