Posts Tagged ‘Louisville’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

You’ll hear from multiple analysts that the 2015 NFL draft is the year of the pass-rusher, with players projected from the top of the first round to the middle rounds that have the pass-rush skills team might be looking for. While a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, pass-rushers are what disrupt them and are a valuable commodity.

Lorenzo Maudlin, a pass-rusher from the University of Louisville, has put on a great showing during his collegiate career and is among that great group of pass-rushers going into the 2015 draft. Playing as an outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 scheme, Mauldin has good measurables for the position, standing at 6’4″ and weighing 252 pounds according to Louisville’s official athletics website. At Louisville he’s totaled 101 tackles, 18.5 which have been for a loss, and 21 sacks.

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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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