Posts Tagged ‘Louisville’

What Preston Brown Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills went to the defensive side of the ball in Round 3 to select Louisville’s Preston Brown. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

After utilizing their first two selections on offensive players, the Buffalo Bills turned their attention to the defensive side of the ball in the third round, investing the 73rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft on Louisville inside linebacker Preston Brown.

A three-year starter in the middle of the Louisville defense, Preston Brown has been a consistent contributor. He had one of the best games of his career on the biggest stage of his career when he had 13 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss in the Cardinals’ Sugar Bowl victory over the Florida Gators at the end of his junior season.

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Buffalo Bills 2014 Third Round Selection: Preston Brown, LB, Louisville

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Preston Brown was selected as Buffalo’s third round draft pick on Friday night. (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY)

The Buffalo Bills have gone to the other side of the ball in round three.
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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Louisville S Hakeem Smith

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Louisville’s Hakeem Smith is keeping a positive attitude as he looks to be a potential selection in this year’s NFL draft. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Calvin Pryor is projected to be one of the first safeties selected and potentially a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but he might not be the only Louisville safety to hear his name called this year.

While his counterpart made a name for himself through game-changing plays and explosive hits, Hakeem Smith was a more discreetly productive player. He doesn’t get the early-round projections that Pryor does, but the case could be made that Smith, a four-year starter, was the more reliable and consistent of Louisville’s two starting safeties.

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2014 NFL Draft: Linebacker Options to Fix Buffalo’s Run Defense

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

If the Buffalo Bills choose to improve their linebacker corps with the No. 9 overall pick, UCLA’s Anthony Barr is one possible option. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills improved in many ways under a new coaching staff in 2013, but stopping the run continued to be a problem. The Bills ranked 28th in the NFL in run defense, allowing 129 yards per game, 4.4 yards per carry and 19 runs of longer than 20 yards.

Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso had a tremendous rookie year, totaling 159 tackles and two sacks, but he showed far more value in coverage, sometimes being swallowed up by blockers in run defense. If the Bills are going to get better against the run as a team, they need to spend the offseason adding more stout talent around Alonso in the linebacker corps.

With that in mind, the Bills should have their eyes on some of the following linebackers in the upcoming draft who excel against the run. Most of these players have experience in versatile defenses or possess skill sets that would lend themselves to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s hybrid system.

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Teddy Bridgewater, DeVante Parker and Other Prospects to Watch in Russell Athletic Bowl

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be in the spotlight in Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Miami. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although the bowl season spotlight shines brightest after New Year’s Eve, few NFL draft prospects will face higher expectations going into their bowl games than Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the projected No. 1 overall pick should he declare for the 2014 NFL draft, will when the Cardinals (11-1) play the Miami Hurricanes (9-3) Saturday in the Russell Athletic Bowl (6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Orlando.

Bridgewater will certainly be in the spotlight Saturday evening, . His leading wide receiver, DeVante Parker, is another potential early-round draft selection if he declares for this year’s draft as a junior. His quarterback adversary in this game, Miami’s Stephen Morris, is also an intriguing NFL prospect.

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